Influencing gets a new footbridge

A Ramblers group in Lancashire is celebrating success in their campaign to reinstate a damaged footbridge. Residents of Inskip are now able to fully access common land, thanks to the pressure and influencing work of The Ramblers Mid Lancashire Area and the Parish Council.

A damaged footbridge, linking two sides of a common was closed, in need of repair, preventing walkers from using a footpath that crossed a ditch.

A broken footbridge, barred from access by a large plastic fences at each end

Our chief executive, Vanessa Griffiths, visited the site in May as part of a local visit, which included the common to the east of the village where a damaged and dangerous footbridge was located. Vanessa commented at the time that ‘Local authorities are under pressure, but having good footpaths are essential for people to enjoy, for they bring many benefits’.

A woman and two men, standing beside a plastic fence, among trees and bushes, smilingChief executive, Vanessa Griffiths with Brian Dearnaley (Area Chair) and Joe Howard (Area Footpath Secretary)

Through campaigning and writing to councillors by local Ramblers, the damaged footbridge was replaced by Lancashire County Council in early July and walkers are now able to fully access the footpath.

A new wooden footbridge over a ditch

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Tom Chevalier

While it is great to have the bridge reinstated it does not appear to have a wide deck. To enable the principles of access for all I would expect a new bridge to have a wider deck (say 1 metre) than is shown.