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New footbridge for village on behalf of Balfour Beatty Living Places

Walkers exploring the glorious countryside at Tedstone Delamere, near Bromyard, should be able to keep their feet dry thanks to the hard work of The Ramblers supported by Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP).

A new crossing has been installed over a small stream to reopen the footpath which runs between Hedge House Farm to Tipton Riding School and had been closed for about a month.

Tom Fisher, parish footpath officer for Tedstone Delamere, said: “This has been a splendid example of how effectively voluntary organisations like The Ramblers can work with Balfour Beatty.

“We received excellent support from Balfour Beatty on this job, organising materials and pulling out the old bridge. The standard of workmanship by the Ramblers was, in my opinion, excellent, and we have achieved a low-cost but effective solution.”

Herefordshire is a walker’s paradise with a network of public footpaths covering more than 2,000 miles with nearly 4,500 public rights of way.

While there is only one BBLP team dedicated to pubic footpaths, some parish councils are participating in a council scheme which allows them to take responsibility for maintaining their own paths.

Cllr Paul Rone, Herefordshire Council’s cabinet member for highways, said:

“Unprecedented spending cuts brought about by ongoing reductions in government funding have forced the council to prioritise the most vulnerable in our society and the road network. Unfortunately this means we cannot maintain our footpaths as well as we used to do but we are working with voluntary groups like parish councils and the ramblers to maintain our cherished rights of way.”

Tags: Community and living, Environment and waste, Highways and transportation, Leisure and culture