Putley Parish Paths
For the past five years, Putley Parish Council has signed an annual ‘P3’ agreement with Herefordshire Council to carry out a list of simple activities in return for a grant, based on the length of Public Rights of Way in the parish – in our case 9.3km. In the last two years, the amount of available grant has reduced and has also been subject to a contribution from the Parish Council. Materials have no longer been provided free of charge, but could be ordered and paid for through Balfour Beatty.
Under P3, we have been allowed to appoint a contractor to carry out some of the tasks, and this work has been ably carried out on behalf of Putley Parish Council by Ken Treherne. Ken was able to erect new footpath signs, and to keep the path through Mains Wood towards Durlow free from growth. Ken’s last task for P3 was to install a handrail on the steep steps through Lady’s Wood above the Fosbury Fruit Farm. Visitors Ralph and Ellen Godsall can be seen to the right admiring Ken’s work.
From April 2019, the P3 grant has stopped and we have been waiting for new details to emerge about any future arrangements for Public Rights of Way. Landowners are largely responsible for any Right of Way which crosses their land, and for maintaining any ‘furniture’ such as stiles and gates in sound condition. A small group of volunteers has been walking the paths and carrying out minor management such as cutting back overgrowth around stiles, and cleaning, replacing and installing waymarks to help users follow the correct route. New offers of help are always welcome!
Parish Footpath Officer, Putley Parish Council