Improvement works to Bridleway 158M, Strines

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Dear Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council,

Improvement works are currently taking place to Bridleway numbered 158M on the section between Windybottom Farm and Greenclough Farm, including new surfacing and barriers. As nothing has been publicly consulted or published about these works please could you confirm:

1. Where the associated funding has come from and what it amounts to.

2. The width of the final solid surface, not including the coarse and unrideable stone at the edges. Guidance states this should be 2 metres for a bridleway.

3. Reasoning and evidence behind barriers. Barriers already installed include a step-over horse stile and a single bollard in the middle of the path. Has the impact of these been assessed for users with bicycles, particularly non-standard bicycles, and especially for those using wheelchairs or other mobility devices? There were previously no barriers at the northern end and at the southerly end only a wide opening standard gate which did not require wheeled transport to be lifted.

4. Wider scope of PROW improvement works. A large portion of this route through and beyond Windybottom Farm was previously relaid two years ago with flexi-pave surfacing. Why has this route been chosen for such extensive works, does this form part of some wider plan for a continuous multi-user route? (Eg Marple to Strines)

Yours faithfully,

A. Sheridan

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FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr/Ms Sheridan,

 

I am writing in response to your request for information (ref FOI 5651236
).

 

The relevant Council Service(s) has searched for the requested information
and our response is as follows.

                                  

Improvement works are currently taking place to Bridleway numbered 158M on
the section between Windybottom Farm and Greenclough Farm, including new
surfacing and barriers. As nothing has been publicly consulted or
published about these works please could you confirm:

 

1.    Where the associated funding has come from and what it amounts to.

Cost: about £95K but the exact cost will be known when complete.

The funding for this was provided as part of the Flood Relief Fund
following the flood event of July 2019

 

2.     The width of the final solid surface, not including the coarse and
unrideable stone at the edges.

Guidance states this should be 2 metres for a bridleway.

2m wide minimum

 

3.      Reasoning and evidence behind barriers. Barriers already installed
include a step-over horse stile and a single bollard in the middle of the
path. Has the impact of these been assessed for users with bicycles,
particularly non-standard bicycles, and especially for those using
wheelchairs or other mobility devices?

There were previously no barriers at the northern end and at the southerly
end only a wide opening standard gate which did not require wheeled
transport to be lifted. Land owner has had trouble with vehicles on the
site. 4 x 4 particularly – he wanted a lockable gate. The access is narrow
and we couldn’t fit all the access treatments. When we do the next
adjacent work we will return and make it passable for pedestrians,
buggies, wheelchairs etc

 

4.      Wider scope of PROW improvement works. A large portion of this
route through and beyond Windybottom Farm was previously relaid two years
ago with flexi-pave surfacing. Why has this route been chosen for such
extensive works, does this form part of some wider plan for a continuous
multi-user route? (Eg Marple to Strines)

This bridleway suffered severely in the flood of June 2016, making it
difficult passage at the best of times, and impassable in winter. The
funding available at the time was enough to deal with the worst affected
section adjacent to Windybottom farm.

Last year’s floods (July 2019) caused more damage to the unsurfaced
section, and this deteriorated further in this years wet February. This
section was submitted for the latest flood relief programme, partly
because of the success of the initial resurfacing.

Relevant officers also consider this route to be important as it could be
a useful active travel link between Strines/New Mills and Marple and also
it is a useful spinal link to the leisure routes in the area.

It is to be noted that unbound surfacing suffers in severe weather, and
that the council wishes to ensure long term solutions for routes of this
type.

 

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