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Created on 29/08/2016 @ 12:56
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A volunteer-driven county-wide initiative is being launched to ensure Powys remains one of the most desirable places to walk in the UK.

The County Council’s Countryside Services Team has installed 1,267 plaques with Quick Response (QR) codes to enable users to quickly report problems or issues like broken structures or overgrown greenery.

When someone scans in the QR code using their smart phone, it takes them to an online form where they can easily report problems with that particular structure. The plaques also include a telephone number and email address for those without access to a smart device.

The County Council said this morning there is no set budget for any bridge maintenance and improvement projects, but added some bridges will be replaced or maintained by local contractors.

“However, The Powys Countryside Volunteers will be undertaking a lot of work on bridges needing minor maintenance and/or cleaning,” said the spokesperson. “Keeping bridges clear of leaves and debris for example can dramatically extend their life span.

“The volunteers will also be involved in the repair or replacement of some bridges. The volunteers, supported by the council’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, have built up good expertise and skill with building bridges.”

A visual condition survey of all the bridges was carried out while the plaques were being installed. 

Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Countryside Services, said: “With over 2,300 structures on our rights of way network that stretches over 9,000km in length, carrying out regular inspections has its unique challenges.

“Installing the QR codes on our structures will go towards helping overcome these challenges. Users will be able to report any problems they encounter using their smartphone or tablet device immediately using the identification code.

“When we receive a report, our rights of way officers will then have the exact location of that structure and will visit it to inspect it and to see what repairs are needed.

“It is important we maintain these structures as it allows our rights of way network to remain open, allowing people to enjoy the beautiful Powys countryside.”

PICTURE: Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Countryside Services, and Nina Davies, Powys County Council's Countryside Access Officer (Operational) welcome the new initiative.



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