Friends of the Railway Path
In 2010, when we last did a full survey of the footpaths and bridleways in the parish, the job was made easier because we have a copy of the Definitive Paths, supplied by Wiltshire Council. It came as a surprise to learn that the Old Railway Path is not one of the Definitive Paths. Instead, it is land that is “owned” by Wiltshire Council (since responsibility was transferred from what was British Rail when the line closed) and leased/managed by Sustrans as Route 482.
It’s no secret that Sustrans is feeling the pinch as its share of funding from central & local government, and government agencies, is being reduced.
In response, The Friends of the Railway Path group has been formed. Currently there is a small membership of local volunteers and they are looking to recruit more people. They are developing an action plan with Systrans. The sort of activities they will be doing include:-
- Involve a wider range of users, walkers and horse-riders, in supporting the path.
- Attract members and signatures to show local support for funding bids.
- Organise workdays to help improve the path, particularly the surface, and its ecology.
- With the help of North Wessex Downs AONB, produce a leaflet and map to publicise the path.
- Organise events such as walks and rides to promote the path.
- Submit some small funding bids to help support their work.
- Work with other groups such as Action for the River Kennet and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust on joint projects.
The group will be officially launched in October (the 60th anniversary of the last passenger train), and would be delighted if residents of Ogbourne St George and the Parish Council could get involved. Alistair Millington (of SusTrans) and Dick Millard (chair of the group) hope to come and speak to the Parish Council in the near future (date to arranged)
Please add your comments to this page if you have any suggestions and/or would like to help in any way.
Alistair Millington can be contacted directly: alistair.millington at sustrans.org.uk
Sunday 14th Oct 2012