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RIGHTS OF WAY IN PURTON

 

WORK TO BE ACTIONED BY THE FOOTPATH TEAMS AND WILTSHIRE COUNCIL   Updated 01-10- 2019

To see a list of work that is to be carried out by our Footpath Teams Click Here
Click Here to see a list of work that is to be actioned by Wiltshire Council and unavailable Footpaths & Bridleways. 
To see a list of completed work on Footpaths in the Parish of Purton during 2016 Click Here. 
Click Here to see a list of completed work on Footpaths in the Parish of Purton during 2017.
To see a list of completed work on Footpaths in the Parish of Purton during 2018 Click Here.
Click Here to see a list of completed work on Footpaths in the Parish of Purton during 2019. 

REPORT OF INFORMAL MEETING TO DISCUSS FOOTPATH PROBLEMS WITH WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HELD 14th OCTOBER 2019   Updated 25th October 2019

Stephen Leonard opened the meeting by updating those present on recent changes within Wiltshire Coucil and his and his team’s updated roles and the area they were responsible for. 
He sadly had to advise that none of our outstanding problems had been resolved since our last meeting 6 moths ago but hoped to make some headway in the future now that their reorganisation was finalised.
He also thanked all members of the Footpath Team for their work on Purton’s footpaths.

The following items have been resolved since the last meeting -
FP104 towards Greenhill, the Footpath Team have installed a stile in the new fencing, the new fencing having effectively blocked the official footpath.
FP77 Ridgeway Farm development - section has been closed for a long time. The Footpath Team checked this out a little while ago and it was open but not on the official line, work was ongoing.

Our First Preferred Priority items remain as from 7th February 2018 meeting -
FP3 to Blakehill - currently unavailable. SL to resolve. We would like this opened to provide alternative access to the Blakehill Destination Point which is now completed.
FP124 to Blakehill - currently unavailable. SL to resolve. We would like this opened to provide access to Blakehill itself where Wiltshire Wildlife will provide a permissive path on to the Reserve.
FP6 from FP4 - locked gate off FP4 and electric fence across the footpath with no means of crossing. SL to resolve.   

Our secondary Preferred Priority List is
FP68 off Collins Lane opposite Diana Lodge. Footpath unavailable. SL to investigate including the possibility of a permissive path in the next field which was previously unofficially walked.
FP7 from FP4 - footpath unavailable. Stile required in hedgerow. We would like to make this footpath available as an alternative to the problem FP6. SL to contact landowner.
Braydon FP2 off Minety road - bridge, stile and waymarking required through difficult section. Footpath Team can do this work but need help from SL to clear it with the landowner and enable access up the trackway to aid delivery of materials. Lesley unable to make contact with Landowner.
A new problem was reported to FP12 from Bentham Lane. The route is now obstructed by a ditch, fence and numerous bee hives. This will need dealing with by SL.
FP44 onto Vasterne Hill, permission required to change stile to a kissing gate. SL in contact with tenant who is reluctant to give permission. Lesley advised we already have a sponsor in place.

Further problems requiring SL assistance remain as
FP99 Common Farm - Landowner querying route through garden. Footpath Team could install new stile in hedgerow but landowner unknown, SL to investigate. Footpath is currently walkable, but route is contentious.
FP57 Witts Lane to Henleys Corner - Currently unavailable. It was agreed SL will meet a member of the Footpath Team in the near future to check out the feasibility of opening up this footpath.
FP61 New Road end - no access across wide ditch. The Footpath Team had been asked by a member of the public if this section of FP61 could be opened up to join with FP59. SL to investigate.
FP30 Watkins Corner - official route from main road not available. It was agreed SL will provide some permissive route waymarkers to the Footpath Team who will contact the landowner to discuss using the farm access track as a permissive path. 
FP127 at Minety boundary - no continuity onto Minety FP56. SL to investigate.
FP5 on B4696 - Fingerpost required. SL stated that this had been re-erected once.
FP16 - Pond Lane.  Fingerpost required again, the one previously re-erected has been pulled up and thrown over the hedge. To be actioned by SL.

The following are longstanding issues and have still to be sorted
We have a small number of footpaths and bridleways which are currently unavailable, and we wish to open them up as soon as is possble whilst acknowledging that some are difficult to resolve.
FP148 near to Bentham Farm beside Purton boundary stone - now unavailable as a bridleway as gateway cannot be opened. SL advised problem with official line should be on opposite side of the hedge.
FP43 Lower Pavenhill - only available as a footpath, should be a bridleway. Discussions are ongoing with the landowner.
FP34 New Farm, Bentham - route not accessible. Ongoing issue. SL advised additional problem in this area as FP14A onto Bentham Lane is not on the official line.
FP123 and 133 Queen Street - route not accessible. Ongoing issue.
Braydon FP3 - route not accessible through Highbarn Farm. This property now has a change of ownership. SL to take up with new owner.

Possible future changes of stiles to kissing gates.
We are hoping to continue expanding our stile free footpath network and the following are possibilities -
FP56, Locks Lane end. We still need to ascertain who the landowner is.
FP51, Vasterne Close to Hoggs Lane. We have not persued this yet.
FP80 at junction with Lydiard FP100 to Stone Lane. We have not persued this yet.
Beside the proposed kissing gate on FP44 to Vasterne Hill we have no further sponsors of kissing gates at this time.

The next meeting with Stephen to be arranged in 6 months time.

MAPS & LEAFLETS  Updated 11th October 2018

The Parish Council office has maps for sale of all the footpaths in Purton Parish. 
A colour A0 size map is £13.00, A1 size map is £6.00, A2 size is £3.00 and A3 size is £1.50. We also have some footpath booklets for sale of suggested routes to walk with varying distances around the parish at a cost of £1.50 each.
A new style route map is available from the Council offices -  Walk 4, Ringsbury Camp & Greenhill distance is 5.3 miles.'Walk 5, Canals and Railways', the distance is a little over 5 miles. Walk 7, Two Churches, distance 3.3 miles. Walk 15, The Battle Walk distance 3.9 miles. These Walk Leaflets are 50p each. 
Click Here to print off Walk 4 - Ringsbury Camp and Greenhill.
Click Here to print off Walk 5 - Canals and Railways.
Click Here to print off Walk 7 - Two Churches.
Click Here to print off Walk 15 - The Battle Walk

DECEMBER'S UPDATE FROM THE FOOTPATH TEAM   Uodated 3-12-19

Monday's Team worked on FP64 and 35 from the railway line through the wood near Down Farm adding a second step to a high stile, they also repaired a stile replacing the step and top rail and added handrails to two bridges. Foliage was also trimmed back along the path through the wood.

UPDATE FROM THE FOOTPATH TEAM NOVEMBER 2019 12th November 2019

12th November - Tuesday's Team removed overgrowth from PURT143 Rieds Piece to the High Street.  

 4th November - Monday's Team replaced various rails on 4 stiles on Bradon FP1.

 

UPDATE FROM THE FOOTPATH TEAM OCTOBER 2019 29th October 2019

29th October -  Tuesday's Team cleared sections of  PURT 110 and PURT 112 that were overgrown.

28th October - Monday's Team added a new step to a stile on FP46A Jewels Ash and made repairs to steps to three stiles on FP122, Bradon Area

Tuesday's Team morning checked and cleared parts of the following paths PURT152, 148,146,159,153 and BRAY7 and BRAY5.in the Purton Stoke area.

 

On Monday 21st October the Team repaired a handrail to bridge on FP84 near Manor Hill Farm, repaired a stile on FP84 near Lydiard and installed a new bridge on FP93 near Bagbury Green Farm.

On Tuesday 15th the Team widened access to the bridleway by Lower Marsh Farm and then went on to Folly Down Farm.
The team then checked access to the path PURT31B, by the side of the yard, and found it was ok.  

They then went to the plantation by Down Farm and mapped and cleared access to diverted PURT35.  See map below, it was very wet and will visit again when it is drier to clear some more of the overhanging growth.

 

Week beginning 7th October Tuesday's team finished the work on bridleway PURT115 between West Marsh Farm and Bentham Lane.

Before and after pictures  

UPDATE FROM THE FOOTPATH TEAM SEPTEMBER 2019

Week beginning 30th September Monday's Footpath Team repaired the handrail on FP99 at its crossing of FP134 and stabilised a stile on FP120 near Plain Farm.

Week beginning 23rd September Monday Team  carried out the following repairs -
FP138, Vasterne Close,  stile repaired.
Bradon FP5, off Minety Road, stile stabilised.
Bradon FP1, off Minety Road, rails to stile replaced.

Week beginning 2nd September Tuesday's Team cleared some stiles, a field path and a bridge on PURT118 between Battle Lake Farm and Parkgate Farm.  

UPDATE FROM THE FOOTPATH TEAM AUGUST 2019   15th August 2019

20th August 2019

Tuesday Team cleared part of Mud Lane (first photo), the top of Francombe Hill and part of the path by College Farm down to Witts Lane.
The second photo shows where the tree has been cleared from Ringsbury Camp.

13th August 2019

This week Tuesday's team cleared the stiles on PURT35 and PURT32 by Down Farm and then cleared a very overgrown section of  PURT31B 
The team then headed to work on the tree growth and nettles on PURT96.  

6th August 2019
The work that has been carried out this week by the Team involved clearing part of PURT50 behind Vasterne Close, part of PURT117 that runs from Battle Lake Farm and we cleared the bridge on PURT40 near Lower Pavenhill Farm and eased stile access at the top of PURT41 where the nettles were taking over.

UPDATE FROM THE FOOTPATH TEAM JULY 2019    26-July 2019

Monday's team repaired a stile on Footpath 117 Lower Pavenhill.

Tuesday's team cleared FP115 and a number of stiles at the top of Pavenhill.

Tuesday's team cleared the footpath to the kissing gate on Footpath 48 Witts Lane. 16th July 2019 

The work carried out by Tuesday's team was to clear PURT139 the path from the top of Waitemeads Close to PURT54 following the report that there were nettles and it was overgrown. They also thinned out the growth on the side of PURT54 towards the stream from the junction where it meets PURT139. 
The Team also cleared PURT 137 and PURT53 from Witts Lane to Glevum Close. Updated 3-7-19

 

 

UPDATE FROM THE FOOTPATH TEAM JUNE 2019  Updated 19-6-19

This week the Teams replaced a stile on FP36 Lower Pavenhill and removed nettles from PURT96, Battlewell to Dogridge, following a request from a resident.
Also work was carried out to clear stiles from the Telephone Exchange on PURT64 up to Folly Down and back via PURT35 through the wood where the Team cleared a number of fallen trees. Nettles were also cut back where they were obscuring signage.
Waymarkers were added to FP34 from Upper Pavenhill where the official line of the footpath was unclear. 
The Team added s
teps to a stile on FP41 and repaired a stile on FP40 Upper Pavenhill.

   

This week the Team replaced the stile and added a handrail at the junction of FP's 129 and 43 off the bottom of Hoggs Lane.

 

 

UPDATE FROM THE FOOTPATH TEAM MAY 2019  Updated 22nd May 2019

Monday's Team installed steps into the new wooden fence across FP104 near Greenhill, The steps are already in place at the other end of the footpath where the new fence crosses. Both sets of steps are parallel to the fence as there are horses in the field, a design suggested by Wiltshire Council's Rights of Way Officer as being appropriate in these circumstances. Both ends were also waymaked and highlighted with yellow spray paint.

Tuesday's Team cleared nettles and brambles from Mud Lane, PURT104 and checked the bottom of the valley was not overgrown. A fallen tree was also removed from PURT103 through Brockhurst Wood.
The footpath opposite Smiths Court PURT70 was cleared. Work will start soon to clear the footpaths at Watkins Corner.

 

This week the Team cleared FP110 and removed a fallen tree form FP 115. Updated 15th May 2019

 

 

 

UPDATE FROM THE FOOTPATH TEAM APRIL 2019  Updated 18th April 2019

Monday's Team installed 2 new bridges on FP118 at Lower Pavenhill

RINGSBURY CAMP INFOMATION BOARD

Purton Historical Society have received grant funding to purchase an Information Board which has been installed at Battlewell. The information board has a map showing the footpaths around Ringsbury Camp and Brockhurst Wood, also included is history of the Iron Age Hill Fort and wildlife that inhabits the area.

WALKERS OF PURTON

Pleased be advised that some landowners are placing locks and chains around the gated footpath entrances, which give the impression that the pathway is not accessible. Please do not be deterred. Un-clip the chain and replace the padlock as you find it and continue to walk the route.
"Keep our footpaths open and accessible"

COUNTRY CODE FOR THE PUBLIC

.  Respect other people
. Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
. Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available
Protect the natural environment
. Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
. Keep dogs under effective control
Enjoy the outdoors
. Plan ahead and be prepared
. Follow advice and local signs

RIGHT TO ROAM Updated 8th October 2018

POLITE NOTICE TO WALKERS We have been requested by local land owners to ask all those utilising the public footpaths across their land, to stick to the pathways please. Roaming dogs, dogs mess and worrying of livestock and damaged crops is not acceptable. The designated footpaths do not permit you to roam freely across the fields and areas with your dogs. There have been a number of incidents where landowners have had their property damaged such as signs being removed and fencing being vandalised, these incidents have been reported to the Police. For further information about rules in the country side please see the Dos and Don'ts of Public Rights of Way on the Footpath page on our website. 


WORK COMPLETED BY THE FOOTPATH TEAMS DURING 2018.   Updated 26th September 2109

 

JANUARY 2018          
On Monday 22nd the Team completed the installation of a pedestrian gate on FP79 replacing a stile. A hand rail was also installed over the little stream and the uneven footpath was improved at this point.Monday'S Team completed the installation of a pedestrian gate on FP79 replacing a stile. A hand rail was also installed over the little stream and the uneven footpath was improved at this point.          
FEBRUARY 2018          
Monday'S Team carried out improvements to FP81 where it goes through the wooded area to the cricket ground. This section has problems with running water from nearby springs making the footpath very muddy. The Team dug a channel which will hopefully divert the water off of the footpath. Scalpings were also laid to reduce the muddy area around the kissing gate.

Monday'S Team  improved a muddy stile with hardcore and scalpings, a new handrail was installed on the bridge on FP46A . The Team also removed a fallen branch over a stile on FP82, Stone Lane area, and replaced rails on the stile which had been eaten by horses.
 

 Monday'S Team fixed waymarkers to both ends of the new fence on FP161 and to the numerous stiles in the field off Vasterne Hill all as requested at the recent Informal Footpath Meeting.      
MARCH 2018          
Tuesday Team cleared a way through for bridleway FP148 near Davenport Bridge.
 
         
APRIL 2018          
Monday'S Footpath Team installed Kissing Gates at either end of Footpath 46A Vasterne Hill. Monday'S Footpath Team installed a kissing gate at the end of FP79 at The Fox replacing a stile. This now completes our project to develop a stile free circular walk around the village which will be the subject of a future new walk leaflet.  Monday'S Footpath Team replaced a stile with a Kissing Gate on Footpath 80 at The Dingle.      
MAY 2018          
Monday'S Team cleared the mud from the Church End of the Short Hedge footpath and added road planings to improve the difficult slope and the surface in general.
Many thanks to Stephen Leonard of Wilts County for supplying the road planings to site.
Tuesday's Team went up to Red Lodge Plantation and removed a number of dead and fallen trees that crossed the path through the woods PURT148.        
JUNE 2018          

Monday'S Footpath Team completed the installation of a sponsored Kissing gate on FP56 at Widham. 
 

The Team installed a sponsored Kissing Gate on FP47 off of Witts Lane.


 
This week the Team cleared part of Footpath 48 and added marker by the side of the road.      
JULY 2018          
The Monday team installed a sponsored kissing gate on footpath 47 off Vasterne Hill replacing a stile. Updated 17th July 2018. Monday's team replaced the stile on FP46A near College Farm, they also trimmed the stiles on FP107. 
On Tuesday the team cleared FP96 Dogridge and FP115 Upper Pavenhill. 
       
AUGUST 2018          

Monday's Footpath Team repaired the rambling gate on FP54 just off the High Street.

 

Tuesdays team cleared a number of fallen trees on the path around Brockhurst Wood PURT103.        
SEPTEMBER 2018          
Tuesday's the Team cleared a way through the second field of FP118 and then went on to cut a way through Braydon FP5 near the road. Before and After photo's      
OCTOBER 2018          
Monday's Team reinstated the sleeper bridge and handrail at Packhorse Corner.
Tuesday's Team cleared access to the gateway on Bentham Lane that is the start of FP16. 
Monday'S Footpath Team installed a Kissing Gate on Footpath 47 Vasterne Hill, This gate was sponsored by a resident. Monday'S Footpath Team replaced a stile at the bottom of The Stank, ,Footpath 40.      
NOVEMBER 2018          
Installed a new stile on FP44, bottom of Witts End by railway crossing. Installed a new stile on FP43, Henleys Corner. Removed the stile on FP46A Vasterne Close to Jewels Ash as part of our stilefree footpath network.      
Repaired handrail to sleeper bridge on FP46A, behind Jewels Ash. Stile repaired on FP20 off Mopes Lane. Monday'S Team repaired a stile on FP20 off Mopes Lane, steps were also repaired on FP129 and FP23.
Tuesday's Team cleared overgrowth from stiles and checked access on FP30, 29 & 28B.
     

 

 

IMPROVEMENT TO FP 84

The work on Footpath 84 has now been completed, this work was funded between Purton Parish Council and Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Area Board.

RIGHTS OF WAY AND OPEN SPACES

Footpath 161 - High Hills/Francome Hill

A request was made to the Council via the Informal Rights of way meeting to determine if the OS Mapping Route as determined by the Definitive Map could be changed to represent the "trodden route".
If the landowners agrees and wishes to pay for the proposed change (approximately £1900) then Wiltshire Council will consider and process any application through the appropriate channels.
This process does not guarantee a change.
Purton Parish Council do not wish to pursue this and therefore will not be undertaking any further consultation in this matter.
Any comments or concerns please contact the Clerk direct on 01793 771066 or email deborah.lawrence@purtonparishcouncil.gov.uk

DIVERSION ORDER   Updated 13th July 2017

The Wiltshire Council Parish of Purton Path No. 31B  Diversion Order and Definitive Map and Statement Modifcation Order 2017.
From its route across the yard at Folly Down Farm, Purton (Width 0.6 metre approx length 158 metres) to a route leading South and West of it (Width 2 metres approx length 185 metres) with a gate to BS5709:2006 at SU1014 8936.
Wiltshire Council has confirmed the above Order which will come into effect when the new right of way has been certified as acceptable by Wiltshire Council.

FOOTPATH 103 BROCKHURST
The Parish Council are pleased to announce that the bridleway/footpath number 103 through Brockhurst Wood has been cleared, signed and is available for use. This had previously been difficult to use because of fallen branches and overgrowth and the actual route was unclear. The surface is still uneven at the lower end and can be wet and muddy. Maps indicate that the route is around the edge of the wood but with GPS tracking it has been found to be actually a little way in from the edge indicating that the wood has spread outwards over the years. Thanks go to our Footpath Teams for their time dealing with this path which needed the involvement of Natural England. They are responsible for this area which is SSSI rated and meant that their approval was needed before any work could be done. Thanks also to Stephen Leonard and his team from Wiltshire Council who cleared the fallen branches and to the Footpath Team who cleared the overgrowth.

RIGHTS OF WAY
Purton Parish has 146 Footpaths and 21 Bridleways, totalling 46 miles (73.6 Kilometres).  We have available for sale in the Parish Council Office footpath maps and booklets with maps of suggested walks. The Parish Council hold 2 Informal Rights of Way meetings a year where interested parties are invited to attend.  If you would like to know when the Rights of Way and Open Spaces and Informal Rights of Way meetings are to take place go to the Council page on this website, the dates of the meetings will be shown on the Meeting Diary 2017 tab.

The volunteer stile repair gang meet every Monday and Tuesday morning weather permitting, during the warmer months.  If you are interested in joining this group please contact the Parish Council Office on 771066 or email lesley.miles@purtonparishcouncil.gov.uk The Ramblers Association have 3 of their members who also report and carry out work on our footpaths.  We also have 4 other people who help in clearing footpaths from time to time.
The Probation Service periodically carry out litter picks and trim back overgrowth on specified paths within Purton.

PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY IN PURTON.
A map showing all the Public Rights of Way in the Parish of Purton is now available for you to look at in Purton Library.

RIGHTS OF WAY MAINTENANCE
For more information about maintenance on Rights of Way, what is Wiltshire Council is responsible for and what are Landowners/Occupiers responsible for click here.

DEFINITIVE STATEMENT UPDATE JUNE 2016
Click here to see the updated definitive statements of the relevant Public Rights of Way.  To view the map follow this link http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/communityandliving/rightsofway/publicrightsofwaymapping.htm

ADOPTING A FOOTPATH
We currently have 18 people who have adopted a footpath/s and they regularly walk these routes and report back to the Parish Council of any problems.  If you are interested in adopting a footpath please contact the Parish Council Office on 771066 or email lesley.miles@purtonparishcouncil.gov.uk

REPORTING OF PROBLEMS
While you are out walking and you see any problems with the paths, stiles or kissing gates then please download the report form here and either send back by email lesley.miles@purtonparishcouncil.gov.uk or post.  It is always a good idea if you go out for a walk to take some secateurs with you, so that you can trim back any brambles that have overgrown onto a path, stile or kissing gate.

UPDATES

Wiltshire Council Right of Way team have now installed a causeway over a very wet bit of ground on FP107 and FP112. 
It has been reported to stay away from footpath 107 which starts from the corner on Hoggs Lane that leads to Vasterne Hill, across the fields to the back of Hooks Hill.  This area is very boggy and  you may loose your boots and get stuck.  
Wiltshire Council has started the work on clearing Mud Lane, to enable walkers and horse riders to use it again.  
A survey has been carried out by Wiltshire Council on all the Rights of Way in Purton Parish in conjunction with Purton Parish Council and the Ramblers Association.  This survey has identified problems and work to be carried out.  A meeting has been arranged at the end of March to discuss the problems and work to be carried out with Wiltshire Council.
Here is a link to the updated definitive statements of the relevant Public Rights of Way.

BOUNDARY STONES
You might be interested in walking the Parish boundary and locating the boundary stones, click here to view a map of the locations. To see photographs of the Boundary Stones Click Here

FOOTPATH TEAM

The Footpath Team is a group of volunteers who are responsible for maintaining the footpath in the Parish of Purton, this includes keeping the pathways clear,mending stiles and kissing gates and checking footpaths and Bridleways have clear signage. 
Along side our Footpath Team we have a Ramblers Group who also help to maintain footpaths within the Parish of Purton.
If you are interested in joining The Gates and Stile Gang or to report any problems with Footpaths in the Parish contact Lesley Miles on 01793 772646 or email lesley.miles@purtonparishcouncil.gov.uk


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