Representations have been made to Staffordshire County Council to review the condition of the Swan and Limers Rakes which the council, as highway authority, is responsible for maintaining. Over the years, severe erosion of the surface of the Rakes has occurred, through a combination of surface water run-off and what might be termed ill-considered use by motorised vehicles.
Alongside the exercise referenced below the council will be taking steps to ascertain the exact nature of the public rights on these highways which will better inform the way forward.
Staffordshire County Council intend to carry out repairs in Summer 2021 to make the route safe and is proposing to bring the Rakes up to the minimum standard of a bridleway or cycleway, with a smooth surface suitable for use by all non-motorised users. The council is now seeking the public view on the use of the Rakes following completion of the repairs.
Please see the attached location drawing showing the route.
If you have any comments you would like to make regarding the proposals for this scheme or would like to put forward any suggestions, then please fill out the survey by visiting the link below by Sunday, 31 January 2021.
A map showing the Swan and Limers Rakes can be downloaded HERE
The rakes are in Hollinsclough Parish, grid references: SK 062 662 to 065 665 and SK 063 664 to 065 659. They are
420 metres and 610 metres long respectively.