This article is from Signpost 68, Summer 2021
Are you a PNFS member who lives in Gnosall, Cannock, Stafford, Stone, Rugeley, Cheadle, Hednesford or Eccleshall? These are all areas in Staffordshire without footpath inspectors.
If so, would you consider devoting a little time to reporting footpath problems so that the Society can fulfil its role in protecting footpaths in these areas?
As a footpath inspector you would agree to walk the footpaths in your parish(es) every two years (if you can), record your inspections on the Footpath Inspection Database, send reports of any faults to the Staffordshire Highways Authority (SHA), and monitor any progress of these faults. If necessary, the Society will apply legal pressure on SHA to get serious problems resolved. Inspectors also respond to faults reported to us by Path Checkers and other walkers and they look at any alterations notified to us to the rights of way network (diversions, closures and creations). We will object to changes which are not in the interest of walkers.
We would love more members to be active in Staffordshire. Can you help? If so, contact David Gosling, Footpath Inspector Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07841 647275.
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