Footpath campaign stepped up in town

Going for a walk along Skinners Chase footpath, near William Stukeley Primary School, Holbeach, are (back row) Coun Carol Rudkin, Coun Francis Biggadike, Helen Scott, Couns Rita Rudkin and Martin Howard, with (front),William Reeves, Hollie and Rebecca Crunkhorn.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Going for a walk along Skinners Chase footpath, near William Stukeley Primary School, Holbeach, are (back row) Coun Carol Rudkin, Coun Francis Biggadike, Helen Scott, Couns Rita Rudkin and Martin Howard, with (front),William Reeves, Hollie and Rebecca Crunkhorn. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Campaigners involved in a fight to get a footpath in Holbeach re-laid have formed an action group to try and get it improved.

The footpath known as Skinners Chase, off Stukeley Hall Drive, is used by children and parents at William Stukeley Primary School and elderly people as a short cut into the town centre.

But people have complained about the footpath’s condition and have launched both paper and online petitions, on social media site Facebook, asking Lincolnshire County Council to upgrade the footpath.

Skinners Chase Action Group member Helen Scott, of Littlebury Gardens, Holbeach, said: “We have formed the group to help push the issue forward and, in less than a week, about 50 people have signed our petition.

“Skinners Chase is the main route into school and town for a large number of people in Holbeach and it’s incredibly well used, even though it’s muddy, slippery and very uneven.

“I am disabled and have already had two falls when the wheel of my rollator walking aid has got caught on the uneven surface and tipped up.

“It was horrendous last winter when everyone was getting covered in mud as the footpath got more and more churned up with puddles running into each other.”

Parish councillor Carol Rudkin said: “This is a major health and safety issue because the footpath is like a quagmire when it rains and it needs to be put right.

“We just want a footpath that doesn’t turn into mud and slush in the winter but it needs digging up, some hardcore material putting down and then relaying.”

Sue Cooper, senior highways officer for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Skinners Chase is a private road and therefore the council has no responsibility for its maintenance.”