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Passageways Flixton
Topic posted by Bigc ... dated:15 July 2016
I have complained about the state of passageways in Flixton. It would appear that the residents of Trafford have to put up with passageways full of overgrown weeds, dog poo and other rubbish of all types. This is a serious health problem and danger to residents who have to use these passageways.

The repose from Trafford council see below.

All passageways, shrubs and Right of Ways are scheduled for the end of the grass cutting period, this is dependent on the weather and could run until the end of October, start of November.

Cllr Brian Shaw

Deputy Executive Member

Economic Growth, Environment and Infrastructure

Re: Passageways Flixton
Reply posted by Divad ... dated:28 March 2017

Good to hear that, thanks. there is a major problem with reports on the paths as few use them until the weather improves.
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Reply posted by Brian2 ... dated:28 March 2017

I have had another walk down Bottoms path this morning . The broken glass has been removed. There are still some small bits but by and large it has gone. I have no idea who has done this but well done. That was a large amount to remove and would have taken some time.

Re: Passageways Flixton
Reply posted by Divad ... dated:28 March 2017

The path is a public right of way, it cannot be closed. If there are objects preventing its use they MUST BE REPORTED to Council and or Amey. Certain is that no matter what is done to try and stop the public it will be met by a challenge. Both the Trafford Walkers and the Urmston History Society watch the situation very carefully.
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Reply posted by Brian2 ... dated:27 March 2017

I had a walk down Bottoms path this evening. Not been there for quite some time. I was surprised to find it is full of  broken glass bottles. At first I thought it was the work of some local idiots. However  being suspicious I wonder if this has been done on purpose. It is mainly dog walkers down there and it may be the intention to put people off from walking down there. after some time it could be declared that the path is not used and taken out of public use.

I am not talking about one or two broken bottles but broken glass over a few hundred metres. I have never in twenty years seen one broken bottle down there.

Re: Passageways Flixton
Reply posted by Kilbaha ... dated:09 August 2016

I, too walked the path today, hopefully this will part of a regular maintainence programme and not a one off, As mentioned there are paths that should be attended, Church road to Braemar ave (By side of the golf course) and the path at the front of Balmoral road allotments are 2 paths in that vicinity.

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Reply posted by Divad ... dated:09 August 2016

The thank you does not got to the people who cleared the path, it should have been done months ago. The thanks go to Councillor Vivien Ward who took the problem up with Amey and to the Peak and Northern Footpath Society for their added pressure. I add that the approach paths have not been done at this time.
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Reply posted by Brian2 ... dated:09 August 2016

Bottoms path has now been cleared. I took a walk down there this morning and the clearing team were just packing up. It has been cleared to a much better level than normal.  In the past a way through the weeds would be cut but this time they have cut and removed the weeds fence to fence. I never realised it was so wide.

Many thanks to the team that cleared it.
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Reply posted by Divad ... dated:08 August 2016

I received a letter this afternoon to inform that the Bottoms Path has been cleared and the case file closed. I can only hope that this will now be maintained and not allowed to happen again. Thanks to all who added some weight in getting this problem corrected.
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Reply posted by Tom ... dated:30 July 2016

If you want to know what Peel think of public rights of way, you only have to look at the path between Warburton Bridge and Partington, which has been closed for many, many years.  Or the path along the Mersey under the M6 near Warrington, which has also been shut now for quite a few years.  They even (unlawfully in my opinion) blocked access to the path behind the A J Bell Stadium, although it's been a few months now since I checked.

Re: Passageways Flixton
Reply posted by Divad ... dated:30 July 2016

Aardvark, after a little research I found that you are correct about the alteration of the path when the rail line was introduced. Originally it passed Acregate Farm and joined Bottoms along the north side. Once the bridge was built it took the path south. Good eye to have noticed that change.
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Reply posted by Divad ... dated:29 July 2016

They will not open the tunnel Wozza although it was touted a while ago in connection with the golfers. Too much trouble with vagrants got it closed in the first place, they won't do that again. Peel do not want to do anything with the other path, they closed of access to the weir and bridge and would prefer to close the lot. Generally it is not a right of way so they can do as they want.
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Reply posted by Wozza ... dated:29 July 2016

The old thunder tunnel on bottoms path has been closed for over twenty years.Would be good thing to open it up again,Poss you need to talk to Network rail.Can you also have a look at the state of the toe path from Irlam locks to the old line.I have made contact with Peel but its pointless. Thanks for shineing a light on these things.

Re: Passageways Flixton
Reply posted by Divad ... dated:28 July 2016

Councillor Viviene Ward took up my challenge and we walked the Bottoms Path today. Astounded by what she saw, this will be taken back to council along with the many pictures she took. It is a positive move for a change with a hope it will motivate some action. Thank you Councillor.
Re: Passageways Flixton
Reply posted by Edward ... dated:21 July 2016

Back in the 1970s I lived in Braemar Avenue for several years. I often used to use the Bottoms Path when walking to Flixton Station. In wet weather it needed care, even in those days, because parts of it had sagged beneath the level of watercourses running alongside and beneath the railway. Part way along there was a cattle creep beneath the railway. Some of the golfers used it to cross between the two halves of the course in the days when it was just fourteen holes.

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Reply posted by Divad ... dated:20 July 2016

No response from any Councillor has me now informing the Peak and Northern Footpath Association of this situation. They will inspect the Bottoms Path site and decide on a legal course of action.
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Reply posted by Divad ... dated:16 July 2016

All footpaths or passages were allocated a number by council at one time. Each was designated FP for indentification. I don't know if the list is still available but, if known, it would be handy for complaints about any particular one not being maintained.
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Reply posted by Divad ... dated:16 July 2016

That would be correct FP 19 south of the railway. The two maps were drawn up to show the comparision and loss of paths over the years. To be clear Bottoms was a field that gave its naming as the path.
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Reply posted by Aardvark ... dated:16 July 2016

Thanks. But I'm still not clear. The Bottoms Path is shown on the 1876 map but not the 1976 one. In 1876 it seemed to be north of where the railway line is now, cutting across what's now the golf course. Is it FP 19, running south of the railway line, from Flixton station to Penny Lane?

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Reply posted by Divad ... dated:16 July 2016

If you go into the Gallery and search Bottoms it shows two maps for the footpaths.
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Reply posted by Aardvark ... dated:16 July 2016

Which is the Bottoms Path? I don't recognise the name.

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Reply posted by Divad ... dated:16 July 2016

Lets us make it a "Flixton Fun Day" I personally will donate £20 to the Mayors Fund if The Mayor will walk the Bottoms Path with me within the next week. (23rd July) I would accept two Councillors as an alternate.
Re: Passageways Flixton
Reply posted by Divad ... dated:15 July 2016

Although this is already underway and covered by the Amey topic it doesn't matter. We must all write, complain, and hammer this subject as, amongst the many local grumblings unless we do, nothing will happen. It is time to stand up and be counted, enough is enough. Passing the buck to Amey is wrong, Council should still be the management in charge and the problems still sit on its doorstep.
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