Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)


Footpath Inspection Team

There are nearly 100 footpath inspectors. Each inspector has a designated area, and regularly walks the public rights of way in that area, to make sure that they are safe, unobstructed, and properly signed. He/she also investigates issues reported to the PNFS by members of the public. If there is a problem the inspector reports it to the relevant authority and monitors progress towards a satisfactory solution.

The inspector also investigates any proposed changes to the public rights of way in their area, and prepares a report for the Consultations & Orders team (see below).

David Gosling
Footpath Inspection Co-ordinator
Andrew Harter
Footpath Inspection Team
John Knight
Footpath Inspection Team

The footpath inspection team at Taylor House receives information from inspectors about footpath faults found and faults resolved. They record this information in a computer database.

David Gosling manages the recruitment, training and development of inspectors and co-ordinates the work of the Footpath Inspection Team

Signposts Team

David Morton
Signpost Officer
Peter Ash
Signposts Volunteer

John Hodgson, Signposts Contractor (L), and
Ted Wolfe, Signposts Volunteer (R)

Although the many metal signposts are the main focus of the team, they also keep an eye on several fingerposts, two view indicators and three plaques. See the page About Our Signposts for more information.

For new signposts the work involves handling enquiries from individuals and clubs who want a memorial/commemorative signpost, selecting sites, obtaining landowners' permission, design, ordering, painting, and erecting. For existing signposts there is regular inspection, cleaning, photographing and painting together with occasional repair and complete refurbishment or replacement. All are listed on a computer database, which is easier to update and to access, but lacks the charm of the older hand-written records with their careful, hand-drawn illustrations and black and white photographs.

The society engages a paid contractor - John Hodgson of Mellor, assisted by a volunteer - Ted Wolfe of Macclesfield, for the heavy jobs, such as erecting new signposts, which can be distant from roads. The efforts of the team are supplemented from time to time by other members of the society.

Bridges Team

Bob Proctor
Bridge Assessor

The society contributes towards the cost of new or replacement footbridges on public footpaths which have fallen into disrepair. Certain criteria have to be met before any donation is approved by the trustees. Our bridges team develops suggestions and negotiates with the relevant authority over the extent and cost of the work to be carried out. The work is organised and executed by contractors working for the authority. On completion, the bridges team is involved with the arrangements for a hand-over ceremony and for publicity in the local press.

See page Footbridges for more information.

Consultations & Orders Team

Alan Hooley
Consultations & Orders
Team Leader
John Grimsey
Consultations & Orders
Brian Hamilton
Consultations & Orders

Jeff Lomax
Consultations & Orders
Wally Smith
Consultations & Orders

The Consultations & Orders team (also known as the "assessors") receives details of proposed changes and orders from highway authorities. The proposals are evaluated in consultation with the inspector and area officer, and a carefully considered response is sent back to the highway authority.

Membership Team

Mel Bale
Membership Secretary

The membership team deals with all aspects of membership: new membership applications, renewals, subscriptions, enquiries, etc. Information is held on a computer database, which is also used for distribution of newsletters, invitations to meetings, etc.

Courts & Inquiries Team

Members of the Courts & Inquiries team are responsible for progressing major faults such as serious obstructions, and represent the society at public inquiries and magistrates' courts.

Rhoda Barnett
Courts & Inquiries Officer
Martin Hampar
Courts & Inquiries Officer
Terry Norris
Courts & Inquiries Officer
North Western
Harry Scott
Courts & Inquiries Officer
Reg Boot
Courts & Inquiries Officer
Jenny Allen
Courts & Inquiries Officer
Rhoda Barnett
Derby, Derbyshire
John Harker
Barnsley, Doncaster, Leeds, Rotherham, Sheffield, Stockport, Wakefield
Terry Norris
Blackburn & Darwen, Blackpool, Bolton, Bradford, Bury, Calderdale, Cheshire East, Cheshire West & Chester, Halton, Kirklees, Knowsley, Lancashire, Liverpool, Oldham, Rochdale, Sefton, St Helens, Tameside, Warrington, Wigan, Wirral
Harry Scott
Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent
(Refer to chairman)
Manchester City, Salford, Trafford

Finance Team

Paul Easthope
Finance Team

The finance team members are responsible for all financial matters including all payments and expenses. They also draw up our monthly management accounts and work closely with our financial examiner to produce our annual statements in accordance with Charity Commission guidelines.

Additional volunteers

Mel Bale
Dave Brown
Office Manager
Jerzy Matuszewski

Related pages

Area officers Officers & trustees About volunteering More about the PNFS

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