Five-year Quedgeley footpath battle is finally over
A FIVE-YEAR battle to improve a popular Quedgeley footpath will come to an end tomorrow when work gets underway to revamp it.
The footpath between St James doctor's surgery and Church Drive is a popular route for residents who want to reach Tesco or the medical facilities.
Work is about to get started on turning the rough path into a compacted stone walkway.
The resurfacing work is thanks to Reverend John Ward, the new rector at St James Church, who backed Quedgeley county councillor Jackie Hall's long campaign for work to start.
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Mr Ward, whose vicarage is adjacent to the path, said: "It will be nice to see it looking presentable for the large numbers of people who use the path."
Mrs Hall said: "This footpath is a shortcut to all of the facilities so it is well-used. One of the challenges we have had in getting this work done was to identify who owns which pieces of land."
The footpath will now veer slightly to the right to avoid church-owned land, something which had been a sticking point with the Diocese.
Mr Ward's backing of the proposed changes has helped to quicken the process.
The improvements were initially going to be made as part of the adjacent site's transformation into a sheltered housing scheme by Gloucester City Council, but Mrs Hall persuaded council bosses to get on with the work after that scheme stalled.
The work is expected to be finished by Gloucestershire County Council highway officers by Friday, until which time the footpath will be closed to the public.
Quedgeley parish councillors have welcomed the new footpath which has been a recurring issue at meetings over the years.
Vice-chairman Councillor Graham Smith has called for the kissing gate to be removed and replaced with a disabled friendly access point.
But chairman Councillor Anna Mozul said: "Let's just get the resurfacing done first. We've waited long enough."