Would YOU Want a Public Right of Way Here?

Ruddington residents who face having a new footpath and cycleway just feet from their homes say they were not properly consulted during the protracted planning process.

Wayne Swift and his family live in one of the homes on Old Station Road {pictured top} which will be impacted by the route of this new public right of way. It’s set to be squeezed in at property level between the house boundaries {to the right of the existing fence} and the Clifton Road embankment. Wayne told us: “All those that want the footpath have not thought of the impact it will have on residents on the route – and the likely anti-social behaviour on the new footpath which will run about one metre away from my house. Also no thought has been given to our security. Having children ourselves we also want a safe path for children, but there are other options on the design – not just coming down the side of our property.”

The protests come as a petition containing some 570 signatures in favour of the scheme is set to be handed to Nottinghamshire County Councillors by Ruddington’s representative Reg Adair at a meeting today. As we reported last month, villagers from the Pasture Lane Estate began this petition to Crest Nicholson and Nottinghamshire County Council after being frustrated by the lack of progress in building a safe and convenient pedestrian and cycle access to their homes. Currently they must go over the old railway bridge using its narrow footway (left) which they say is too dangerous, especially for young children, given today’s high levels of traffic. Now, after over a decade of trying, it seems a breakthrough in getting a new path built is imminent as land ownership and access issues on its route over the former railway line look set to be resolved.

Wayne and neighbour Sean Powrie say they have attempted on numerous occasions over the last 4 years to get a response from Cllr Adair about their concerns – but that he has yet to reply to any of their emails. Sean says: “I have a young family and the proposed footpath will bring lack of privacy to all our homes in which we invested a lot of money in when bought from Crest Nicholson. There will also be increased noise at all times of the day (late night revellers included) along with litter, dog muck and anti-social behaviour.”

The overgrown planned footpath route from Old Station Road…

Sean adds: “There is also a plethora of wildlife living around the area including hedgehogs, squirrels, bats, butterflies, and many different birds to name but a few – this is their natural habitat which development of a path would kill off.

I believe the campaigning mums say there is no other safe way into the village – well please make them aware of the bridge (known as ’50 Steps’ locally) which will take them into the village centre or to James Peacock School – it is a very pleasant walk indeed. The Council might also like to think about traffic calming measures on Clifton Road as well as looking at expanding the pavement and putting metal fencing along the edge of it to allay all these concerns about danger along the road.”

RUDDINGTON.info asked original property developers Crest Nicholson for a response but – so far – they have failed to provide us with one.

However, John Cottee, who’s the Communities and Place Committee chairman at Nottinghamshire County Council, has sent us this statement:

John Cottee

“The scheme for a new footpath/cycleway has been designed to improve safety for pedestrians – particularly children travelling to and from the nearby school – and cyclists. The chosen route offers an alternative to using the narrow pavement on the busy Clifton Road which carries 9,550 vehicles a day, of which 100 are lorries. It has been widely supported by the majority of local residents following feedback from consultations.

We are aware of the specific concerns raised by some residents about this scheme, who have been in contact with our designers, Via East Midlands, who are carrying out the work on our behalf. The design is being modified to help allay some of these concerns. We have also committed to meet these residents to discuss the design proposals in more detail.

A petition with at least 500 signatures is due to be presented to County Councillors on Thursday, asking for this scheme to be pushed through to the next stage – which demonstrates the level of support it has received to date.”

The black line marks roughly where the new path will be built, if given the final go-ahead

You can read more background to this story >>HERE<<.

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