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Walkers urged to report problems

 
Created on 17/10/2016 @ 08:21
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Walkers, landowners and residents are being urged to report problems they encounter on its rights of way network.

The council’s Countryside Services team want to hear of any problems people find on the network so work can take place. The call for reports comes as the county enters autumn and winter, one of the busiest periods of the year for the team.

The team has recently rolled out Quick Response (QR) codes on over 1,260 structures which allows anyone to report a problem with a particular structure. Once reported, it helps the team to find the structure quickly.

Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Countryside Services, said: “Storms and other extreme weather can cause problems on the county’s path network at this time of year, with floods and high winds damaging footbridges and bringing down trees that block paths.

“Last winter, parts of the county experienced storms that caused the loss and damage of footbridges in flooding and several areas of forest suffered from windblown trees coming down in strong winds.

“We often rely on reports from the public to alert us to problems. Most are found first by people out walking or riding or by landowners and other local residents finding problems.”

This year, a bridge near Lake Vyrnwy became dislodged and pushed downstream by high water levels and uprooted trees but it was repaired before it could be damaged further or lost.

To report any problems on the rights of way network, call 01597 827500 or email rightsofway@powys.gov.uk.

PICTURE: The footbridge near Lake Vyrnwy was repair by the council's Countryside Services team after it was damaged by high water levels.


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