Updated .. ROW OVER THAMES PATH 'MISSING LINK'

Plans to complete a 'missing link' in the Thames Path have been put on hold to give council officials more time to sort out the controversy.

They were due to be presented to a Windsor and Maidenhead Council Cabinet meeting on March 27th.

The council said: "Finding a solution is demanding more time for council officers, members and potentially the rights of way and highways licensing panel to look at the options and compare costs and advantages before putting forward proposals for decision-making."

Cllr Eileen Quick, cabinet member, said: “This is a complex issue that has taxed the brains of many for a long time. However, the council is absolutely determined to find a way forward and it would be foolish to rush through a report for the March cabinet meeting when, by giving ourselves some additional time, we can put forward sensible – and achievable – solutions.”

“I appreciate this delay may be frustrating for the ramblers and others who are very keen for the ‘missing link’ to be completed. However, we ask for their patience for a little longer and give them the absolute assurance that our determination to find a solution is undimmed.”

Earlier we reported: Plans to complete a missing link in the Thames Path have hit problems.

After years of campaigning by walkers Windsor and Maidenhead Council recently announced it was opening negotations with landowners to complete the path along a 30 yard stretch of the riverbank near Maidenhead Bridge.

A sum of £350,000 was set aside to compensate riverside residents who have, until now, had direct frontage onto the river.

But an action group has now been formed to fight the plan. Residents argue their privacy has been invaded and that the sum is short of the true compenation costs.

The group's Mike Landers who owns a flat nearby told his local newspaper the Maidenhead Advertiser: "We don't want compensation, we want to be left in peace." It now plans to lobby councillors in a bid to prevent the scheme going ahead.

East Berkshire Ramblers say they are confident most people want the path completed.

Story dated March 19th 2014

 


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