Council That Can’t Afford To Maintain It’s Public Rights Of Way Network Buys Hotel Instead

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A public footpath Kirklees are responsible for in Holmfirth. There’s no cash to repair this as they’ve spent it on a hotel in Huddersfield.

Spendthrift Kirklees Council have been out shopping and bought themselves a hotel!

Is this the same Kirklees Council who for a decade have been cutting essential public services (rights of way maintenance amongst them) with the justification that they have …er..no money? 60 pence less per pound is the mantra we’ve all learnt by rote.

It seems they’ve looked down the back of the corporate sofa and found all those 60p’s !

The story is featured in what passes for the local newspaper here but of course the Council have not revealed the cost to the public of this rather lavish purchase. Obviously I think we should be told.

In other news Councillor Shabir Pandor our leader from Batley has issued a statement on the current coronavirus crisis. I’m sure blog readers will be reassured by Councillor Pandor’s assertion that “our strength is in our togetherness” and his timely advice on hand washing.

 

Management At Kirklees To “Self Isolate” From PROW’s ?

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Just a thought and not as daft as it might seem.

One thing we’ve noticed here at PathWatch HQ is just how smoothly things can go if frontline council staff are allowed to do their jobs. Things do go noticeably downhill when either management or (some) councillors are involved in just about anything Prow related. The temptation to do a dodgy deal or be “pragmatic” is just to much.

Ramsden Road, “Not To Standard But Acceptable”, Huddersfield Byway 231 and “The solution has no basis is law” episode are notable examples of the highly contagious management virus infecting straightforward Prow matters.

Christmas Magic From PathWatch

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The Christmas Rambler last stepped out

on the feast of Stephen,

When the mud lay round about,

deep and soft and uneven.

Brightly shone the moon that night,

though the council were cruel,

letting this bloke trash a path,

for ground source heating fuel.

Hither Rambler and stand by me

If thou know it telling:

yonder peasant who is he?

And is that his fancy dwelling?

Sire he has no common sense

And keeps us off this mountain

Have you seen his electric fence?

Get off my land I hear him shouting!

Elec Fence sign

Applicants Chances Of Kicking The Bucket Before Kirklees Determine Modification Order “Well Founded” Says Planning Inspectorate.

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Well sort of… There’s not much humour in the bureaucracy surrounding public rights of way but in this fps_z4718-_14d_12_decision (1)  direction from the Planning Inspectorate the reasoning seems to be  the impending mortality of the witnesses. It would seem  the Inspectorate are of the view a good life expectancy is essential if you are ever to get off the Kirklees “Priority Matrix” for rights of way claims. You’ve got to laugh….

Bad Day At The Office For Pathwatch

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It had to happen and today is the day! A bad day at PathWatch HQ.

Unfortunately the only news from the world of Kirklees Public Rights Of Way  today is good news. Two issues have come in which have mildly rocked the normally robust  PathWatch cynicism.

Firstly a long standing matter which has been subject to the usual managerial errors and evasion seems to be going very much in the right direction at last. It’s not  a perfect solution but  a good score draw away from home with something of an injury time equaliser feel about it. More on this at a later date when it is fully resolved but thanks to the efforts of frontline Kirklees staff for their recent work on this.

Secondly a resounding and public thank you to Councillor Paul Davies who less than 4 weeks ago received a request for a number of Holme Valley paths to be strimmed. Five of the 7 paths have been cleared already! This is incredibly positive,encouraging and will be appreciated by many 🙂