Tony Brackenbury, Footpath Inspector for Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley and Buxworth, and Peak Forest
This article is from Signpost 65, Autumn 2020
I took on Chapel-en-le-Frith parish in 2009. Its bridge was in a poor condition on my first inspection in 2010. This was duly reported to Derbyshire Council County and has been several times since. In spring of 2017 I reported to DCC that the bridge was now getting dangerous when the timbers were wet. As anyone will vouch, soles on boots in these conditions are a hazard as such. The results of this was that DCC inspected the bridge and closed the footpath for thirty metres either side of the footbridge for a period of two years. I did make the occasional visit to the footbridge in the meantime. Keith Seddon who has over the years spoken to me with regards of the condition of this footbridge reported back to PNFS that the footbridge had been replaced. It had been on my schedule to revisit the footbridge this spring but due to the Covid 19 issue and restricted exercise time I had to put it off. That said, I got to the footbridge and was pleased with the results. Such is the bridge it looks as though it will last many years.
It is thanks to people like Keith that they can help the inspectors with their work. In my case I have over 360 rights of way to inspect over three parishes. This is only one of four footbridges and one long boardwalk that I have help to get replaced over the years and it makes the work that goes into the end results all the more worthwhile. I am sure other inspectors feel the same way.
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