It certainly doesn’t look much but the brand new Public Footpath sign on Holmfirth Footpath 146 has taken some 51 years to erect! Local highway authorities have had the duty to place public paths signs where a path leaves the metalled highway since 1968. There has been a big improvement in Kirklees over the years but many paths with a history of obstruction have stubbornly remained signless into a respectable cricket innings of years. Holmfirth 146 has been clean bowled as it were and now sports a new sign where it leaves Sheffield Road near Hepworth.
PathWatch has blogged previously about quality control issues with the council following reopening of blocked paths and sadly Holmfirth 146 is another example. The new sign is great but where an obstructing wall has been removed a decent waymark post is necessary and has not been provided. The path here is close to a residential property and waymarking would help everyone. Add to that the overgrown nature of the ground and it’s hard to see just where to walk. Job half done.