Portchester path to be tidied with £9k grant

Adrian Stannard and Cllr Nick Walker in the Portchester path that will be tidied up thanks to a �9,000 grant from the council. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150053-2)
Adrian Stannard and Cllr Nick Walker in the Portchester path that will be tidied up thanks to a �9,000 grant from the council. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150053-2)
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PEOPLE will soon be able to enjoy a nicer walk down a footpath thanks to a council grant and caring residents.

The path, between Severn Close and Portchester Road in Portchester, will have £9,250 spent on it after a resident applied to the council for cash.

Adrian Stannard, from nearby Winnham Drive, said: ‘I’ve lived here for 28 years and I’ve known the path for years and people still use it.

‘It had deteriorated because it had not been repaired over the years.’

The footpath was bought by two residents in the 1950s for 50p each.

Since then it had been maintained by the community, but over recent years fell into a messy state, when confusion arose over whose responsibility it was.

Fed up, Mr Stannard got together with other residents and approached ward councillor Nick Walker.

Mr Stannard said: ‘There were overgrown trees hanging over. A lot of mums and children use the path and it needed some work.’

Cllr Walker investigated the path’s history and tried to trace the original owners, to no avail.

As the path was in desperate need of a makeover, but struggling to find those responsible, Cllr Walker advised Mr Stannard to apply for community funding from Fareham Borough Council. He put in a bid of £9,250, which was accepted.

Cllr Walker said: ‘There were piles of rubble and half-dead trees along it.

‘It was all overgrown and people couldn’t hardly get down there.

‘It had been there for many years and it needed some attention.’

The council is now looking to see if it can acquire the land to prevent the same thing happening again.