Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Another successful footbridge project

Neil Collie

This article is from Signpost 52, Autumn 2016

In a third successful project carried out in collaboration with Stockport Council, a donation to PNFS from a former member, John Pickstone, helped improve a tricky crossing of Gigg Brook, North of Etherow Country Park, Compstall. His son Jon commented that:

“Dad loved walking and was a strong supporter of the work that the Peak and Northern Footpaths Society do in protecting and improving the footpath network in the northern counties of England. He would have been proud of what has been achieved in this location”.

On 5th September 2016, members of Stockport Council and PNFS met on-site at the footbridge to formally hand over a cheque for £2,556. This will cover the cost of the footbridge and associated bank protection works. The photo shows our Chair, David Hurrell, handing over the cheque to Ernest Nama, Senior Rights of Way Officer at Stockport Council, with Sid Lloyd, a Councillor for Stockport and other members of PNFS also present.

Councillor Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council's Executive Member for Communities and Housing said:

“This is an excellent example of positive partnership working. We are committed to encouraging all outdoor pursuits which will improve the health and well-being of our residents. The Peak and Northern Footpaths Society is to be congratulated on this achievement.”

The second photograph illustrates the difference that it is hoped the bridge will make when Gigg Brook is in spate. Walkers can look forward to their feet not squelching in their boots when they get back from a walk in this area in periods of heavy rain.

Next: Getting to Know the Long Distance Walkers Association

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