Update on local footpaths

    UPDATE ON LOCAL FOOTPATHS

     

    In response to the comments made regarding the one-way footpaths, we provide the following clarifications:

    • Decisions were made in response to the Government’s Covid-Secure guidelines and in discussion with Uttlesford District Council which had requested all parishes to review safety guidance and local access pinch-points in their own communities.  Many of you will have seen new measures being adopted in Bishop’s Stortford and Saffron Walden.
    • These measures are guidance and not mandatory.
    • We are in an Emergency Planning situation with advice constantly changing which means there is not the opportunity to undertake public consultation.  As this situation is likely to last for many months, all decisions will be kept under review as advice continues to change.
    • Our Crisis Management Team has now reviewed the situation in light of the new 1m+ social distancing rules and other guidance coming from the Government.  The one-way advice for the Black Bridge to The Spinney footpath is rescinded, but advice on the other paths currently remains the same.  This is due to the Burnell’s Way to Lower Street and the Chapel Hill to St John’s Lane paths being dog-legged so that sight-lines are not clear and they are very narrow, as is the long path from Norman’s Way to High Lane with few opportunities to pass safely.
    • It is important to remember that footfall around the centre of the village will increase with the opening of our schools, pubs, restaurants, hair-dressers etc in the next week.
    • Whilst most people are behaving appropriately and considerately, it is the Parish Council’s duty to review guidance and implement the measures within its remit, particularly as the rules are relaxed and the perception of risk reduces. Covid-19 has not gone away.