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Sir Humphrey’s contempt for elected representatives: Part VI

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As you know from the last time I wrote about this, the issue of the still unpaved pathway between Gladstone Road and Foxhall Road is my pet project on this blog. Unsurprisingly, the dirt track is still not paved.

The weeds and the dirt still remain three years on

The latest and third consultation period, after the footpath creation order was published in May, ended last Friday 29th June. I spoke with my ward councillor, Liz Harsant, yesterday who advised “there were no objections” to the footpath being created. Shock, horror – you mean local residents want a well-used passageway paved rather than have to tackle the dirt and the weeds every time we go and get a pint (sorry litre!) of milk from the Co-op.

According to the email sent to Holywells Conservative Councillor Liz Harsant by the Borough Council’s community improvements officer John Clements back in May, as there have been no objections, the Council should now be getting on with planning the paving work.

I have today written to Cllr Liz Harsant and newly elected Holywells Conservative Councillor Pam Stewart asking for an update on when the paving works will begin. Cllr Stewart is aware of the Council’s intransigence on this issue and she asked Labour’s transport chief a question about it at the Full Council meeting in March. As soon as I hear any more news from my councillors, I shall let you know.

Next month, it will be three years since my Committee approved funding for the footpath. During this time, my wife has completed a degree, we got married and also had our first wedding anniversary. I do hope the path is paved before our second wedding anniversary next year!

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Author: gavinmaclure

IT professional; political blogger, former Conservative councillor

9 thoughts on “Sir Humphrey’s contempt for elected representatives: Part VI

  1. At least it seems Labour has got closer to comp-letion in 13 months than your Tories did in 23 months

  2. Nice try Alasdair. I think you will find it was Cllr Harsant pushing officers and dare I say pressure from my blog as well. Enjoy Borneo!

  3. Nice try Alasdair. I think you will find it was Cllr Harsant pushing officers and dare I say pressure from my blog as well. Enjoy Borneo!

  4. Aren’t we a just a little bit too cross Mr Maclure? Surely if we are following Tory Policy of Localism and Big Society should we actually be relying on the council to adopt this passageway which has been operating without state aid for the past 100 years (check old-maps.co.uk). I personally do not see the need for the council to adopt this piece of land if the residents of Gladstone Road, including yourself took the time to look after the bit of land. I appreciate that you pay your taxes and that entitles you to street cleansing etc…but for you to be actively trying to get the council to adopt this piece of land and all inherent costs (however small) seems to be an extension of the state which your party seems to be retracting upon left right and centre (excuse the pun). As its clearly unadopted land why don’t you instead organise the residents of Gladstone Road to cough up £20 a pop and use slab and aggregate shovelling to vent some of your rage? I’ll help, I do live there and I do use the footpath (and periodically litter pick it too!…do you?)

  5. Nathan, thanks for your comment. Firstly, please don't lump me with everything the Conservative Party says. I personally have no time for The Big Society policy by David Cameron: that utopian style of thinking is only practical in smart parts of the UK like Windsor where a wife stays at home because her husband earns so much in The City and so she has plenty of time to get involved in running her local community.Back in the real world we pay our taxes and elect politicians to make decisions on which paths to be paved and roads surfaced. Because we are too busy working to pay the taxes! Money is set aside at Ipswich Borough Council purely for this work – elected representatives approved funding for the dirt track to be paved. If the Council forfeits on this approval, which is probably illegal, then residents of Gladstone Road and Foxhall Road deserve a tax rebate at the very least. Additionally, and notwithstanding my above points, you wouldn't have known this but most residents who adjoin the dirt track did not bother to respond to the consultation letters sent out by the Council. So I don't think it likely they would be interested in clubbing together with fellow residents to spend money on slabs and helping with laying them.

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  7. …in that case who are you doing it for?

  8. We approved it for the benefit of the community – i.e. everyone who uses that track. Most people don't want to live in the early 20th Century! They quite like modern smooth paths with good drainage.

  9. Pingback: The never ending story of a footpath, or, the ultimate in pavement politics | Ipswich Spy

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