Consultations and Councils’ care of our footpaths and green spaces We have concerns about our town and environment, both the buildings and those often neglected bits between them. We are very keen that both the District and County Councils are helped to maintain and develop those spaces.
Looking after the footpaths and clearing litter are two practical ways to help. We have been liaising closely with the County Officer over footpaths and our latest report to him can be found here – HF Footpath report March 2017.
We are really pleased when the Councils do a good consultation about developments and have tried to identify good practice and have talked at Hitchin Committee about this – read here for a summary of this. We have recently responded to consultations on green spaces – at Oughtonhead and Purwell Meadows.
Hitchin Forum has been working over the past few years to improve footpaths in the town. Hitchin has a network of over 100 footpaths and bridleways (mapped here) and we would like to encourage walking to reduce traffic congestion and improve health. We have recently liaised with the local Countryside Access Officer to consider what can be done to improve and maintain this network within the town – a new handrail on St John’s Path is one product of this. We rely on people noting what needs to be reported – can you help take care of the footpaths? – find out more here.
If you have any comments on this do let our chairman know – on firstname.lastname@example.org