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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:15 August 2017

Contrary to my posting Aug 1st the Footpath called Bottoms has NOT been cleared only tidied up. A walk down showed it was still difficult to approach and certainly unsatisfactory. A complaint has been forwarded to the Council.
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Reply posted by Divad ... dated:08 August 2017

Trafford have agreed to replace the Bottoms Blue Plaque. It is to be mounted at Flixton House due to the connection with Squire Wright. As a local feature no objection was raised, the fact it will happen takes priority. No date has yet has been decided for completion as it takes some time to process.
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Reply posted by Bacchus ... dated:04 August 2017

Thanks chums

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Reply posted by Divad ... dated:04 August 2017

Kilbaha, it is easier to look at a picture than to put it in words. In the Gallery under "footpath" there is a map showing all the old paths and where they led to.
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Reply posted by Kilbaha ... dated:04 August 2017

Divad - Can you tell all, where the path was that connected from Church road, through St Michaels school grounds, to Bottoms path?

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Reply posted by Divad ... dated:04 August 2017

Graz has the path although it was based upon a series of connections. When the valley between the St. Michael Church and Shaw Hall was flooded people had to take to the higher ground. Entries were from Church Road, Balmoral, Irlam, and Ambleside roads. All finally crossing the Grove to arrive at the church.
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Reply posted by Graz ... dated:03 August 2017
Starts on Flixton Station approach road - it runs inbetween the railway line and the (old) golf course and brings you out on the railway bridge on Penny Bridge Lane.
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Reply posted by Bacchus ... dated:03 August 2017

Sorry to be a pain , but where is Bottoms footpath?

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Reply posted by Divad ... dated:02 August 2017

The Urmston History Society have placed an application in to Trafford Council. It is to replace the Blue Plaque awarded to the Bottoms footpath lost when Flixton Station burnt down. If approved this will be installed at the Church Inn alongside St. Michaels. It was chosen as being the end of the path removing thoughts of vandalism if mounted on the path itself.
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Reply posted by Bob ... dated:01 August 2017
Good effort Divad.
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Reply posted by Divad ... dated:01 August 2017

I have been advised by Amey that the footpath WILL be cleared next week. Chalk up another victory to the Flixton Villagers.
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Reply posted by Kilbaha ... dated:30 July 2017

I'm sure you made 'all' parties  were made aware of the situation last year, when Viv Ward, walked the path with you. Strange, that in previous years the Council would cut the historic passageway as part of their duties and not pass that information onto Amey, as part of the new contract. It would be interesting to know the details of the previous contract/work rosters that Trafford Council adhered to and what Amey are working to at present. Many people believe the environmental budget and responsibilities are no where near the frequency or standard, in the recent past. Once again, credit to you, to follow this through again, after last years efforts.

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Reply posted by Divad ... dated:29 July 2017

Once again I am engaged in battle over the Bottoms footpath. Totally overgrown it is impossible to enjoy the walk. Amey confirmed my complaint but have done nothing.The Mayor and Council have ignored my letter, and follow up e-mails have brought about automated replies. My usual aide representing Flixton Council has also been unable to get anything done. All concerned have been notified that it cannot continue and that should it prove to be otherwise the Ombudsman watchdog will be brought into play.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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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