A public footpath in Princes Risborough has been restored to its former glory following a clean-up by Buckinghamshire Council.
The footpath, which runs between Berryfield Road and Woodfield Road had been blocked by fallen trees, overgrown vegetation and fly-tipped rubbish for some time.
As part of the clean-up process council workers and specialist contractors cut back and removed overgrowth and removed a large amount of rubbish including household items and builders materials.
Plans to clear the path earlier had been set back by the need to call in specialist contractors and arrange the timing of the works around bird-nesting season. Some of the trees encroaching on the path were also in private property and so arrangements had to be made with the owners before any work could be carried out.
Peter Martin, Deputy Cabinet Member for Transport at Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘The transformation to this footpath is amazing. It had been completely blocked and unsightly but now it has been cleared, it will benefit local residents who can make full use of it again.‘
A large amount of fly-tipped waste was removed from the path and in a bid to deter fly-tippers from dumping waste again, signage has been added warning that anyone caught fly-tipping faces criminal proceedings.
Peter Strachan, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Environment at Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘Sadly, much of the problem with the blocked path was man-made with individuals choosing to dump waste there rather than dispose of it in the right way.
We hope that now the path is clear, people will want it to stay that way. We would urge anyone who spots fly-tipping activity to report it to us via FixMyStreet. We will investigate all incidents and will prosecute any cases where the perpetrator can be found.‘
Fly-tipping anywhere in Buckinghamshire can be reported on the Buckinghamshire ‘Fix My Street’ website at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/fixmystreet.
*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.