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Councillor gives untidy foothpath the all-clear

Hands on: Coun Matthew Lynch with a now clear path after he spent the weekend clearing it of leaves and debris.

Hands on: Coun Matthew Lynch with a now clear path after he spent the weekend clearing it of leaves and debris.

 

A dedicated parish councillor cleared a 60ft footpath riddled with debris.

Matthew Lynch, a parish councillor in Astley Village, spent a weekend clearing the footpath, which had become filled with thick mud, leaves and grass cuttings.

The path runs alongside Buckshaw Primary School and leads on to Great Meadow.

Coun Lynch decided to do the work himself after being contacted by residents.

He said: “A couple of residents contacted me about the path, with one in particular struggling to push a family member down it in their wheelchair.

“I contacted Chorley Council and Places For People to see who owned the land. After finding out it was owned by Chorley Council, rather than waiting for them to clean it, I thought I would do it myself.”

Coun Lynch did the work on the path over two days and has received positive comments from residents in the area.

He added: “The people concerned are really happy it has been sorted. I’d happily do it again if I had to.

“But I want to praise the council. They have added it to their maintenance list and they will look after it.”

Coun Adrian Lowe, who looks after the street scene for Chorley Council, said: “Since this has been reported to us, we will have a look at it before the end of the week to see if it’s a path we can get our mechanical sweeper on.

“If so, we can add it to our sweeper route and it will then get swept several times a year which should keep it clear.”

A spokesman from Places For People said: “Places For People is not responsible for its upkeep, but we do work closely with the council and the community to support initiatives such as litter picking and site clearing in the local area.”

 

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