Call for action over Ducks Path 'disgrace'

PUBLISHED: 14:58 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:46 15 June 2010

THE state of Ducks Path in Honiton is so poor that Honiton Town Council has been moved to write to County Hall - calling for action.

THE state of Ducks Path in Honiton is so poor that Honiton Town Council has been moved to write to County Hall - calling for action.

Councillors want the popular walkway, between New Street and Pine Park Road, maintained, but they acknowledge nobody will accept ownership of the path.

In a renewed bid to get the footpath tidied up, they have turned to Devon County Council in the first instance.

"Depending on their response, we can take it from there," Councillor Michael Teare told members of the town's planning committee.

Councillor Alf Boom had told the committee: "We have got two issues. Cleanliness is one - constant fouling by dogs, as well as an overgrown area that belongs to the railway.

"The other is the condition of the footpath itself, which is deteriorating badly. Someone could trip up and make a claim."

Councillor Sally Casson said: "Nobody knows who owns it."

Councillor Roy Coombs alleged the problem stems back to 1974 when local government was reorganised.

The former Honiton Borough Council was at fault, because it failed to tell Devon County Council that the footpath is a maintainable highway, he claimed.

"The problem is maintenance," he said.

Although the county authority has agreed Ducks Path is a footpath, it has not adopted it.

"Its status is unclear," said Councillor Coombs.

"It is a matter for the county council. It's narrow, it's very difficult - you can't see where you are putting your feet unless you've got a torch after dark - and it's a disgrace.

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