Just a trim needed
The roads and paths network is maintained by the County Council. Every month or so I sit down with the highways managers for this part of Cambridgeshire and go through the requests and points that people have asked me about or that I’ve spotted on my own journeys.
This picture of a footpath along the A505 is a good example. The foliage and trees have grown out to the extent that people wanting to walk or cycle along the pathway simply can’t - and if there is a van or a lorry parked in that little indent there then people have to walk into the road - which is what someone reported to me some kids had to do the other week.
Now the highways people do their own driving around too but they can’t spot everything.
So it’s important that they get a notification on their report it page
or through me as local councillor, or your parish clerk, who tend to have good relations with the highways team. This also means we can keep track of what has been reported and what has been done in response. Potholes included.
Not everything is straightforward though.
Recently people asked me about putting in a dropped kerb on a cycleway near the A505. The highways people pointed out that without the kerb it would be possible to cycle downhill off the path and onto the road itself without any barrier. I know cyclists are a pretty sensible bunch of people but potentially the risk would be increased so the highways safety unit advised against it.