East Bridgford has a network of over 40 footpaths, bridleways and byeways with a total distance of over 16 miles. Some of these paths are very short and internal to the village, whilst others are longer and provide access to the nearby villages of Kneeton, Car Colston, Bingham, Newton and Gunthorpe.
For many years the village was a participant in the Parish Paths Partnership Scheme run by Nottinghamshire County Council. This scheme provided funding for regular grass cutting of headlands, as well as maintenance of stiles, bridges, steps and waymark posts. Two volunteer Footpath Wardens ran the scheme for the village, conducting regular inspections and liaising with the County Council.
The Scheme ended in 2011, and since then greater financial responsibility has fallen on the Parish Council and local landowners. The County Council still fund two headland grass cuts a year for outlying footpaths, and carry out any essential maintenance if Health and Safety issues are involved. The Parish Council provide funding for internal path maintenance and local landowners are now responsible for stiles and vegetation clearance on their land.
The Footpath Wardens continue to regularly inspect the village paths and undertake essential vegetation clearance around stiles and gates, and keep the County Council and Parish Council informed of any problems. Additional volunteers are welcome to help with path maintenance during the summer months.
Contact Alan Hopwood / Sue Baines
Tel : 01949 21377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
last updated Aug 2014