Bid for bridleway suffers a setback

Bridleway campaign suffers a setback
Bridleway campaign suffers a setback

A COMMUNITY-BACKED campaign, which would see a bridleway being installed between Haddenham and Thame has hit a setback.

Councillors in both Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire have refused the idea but campaigners are not taking no for an answer.

Resident Lady Cynthia Flood said: “The will of the people has been flaunted but we are not stopping.

“Last year we got a petition of around 2,000 signatures and had backing from the Haddenham parish and Thame town councils – We proved the need is there for such a path.

“We are now planning to do a cycle and wheelchair ride on Easter Monday to show people are in support of this.”

There are three main reasons for the refusal, which will see an existing footpath being upgraded to a bridleway.

1) The cost, 2) the risk of flooding and 3) the inconvenience it would cause to villagers whose houses back onto the route.

However, none of these have gone down well with the campaigners, who have given a swift response to the county council.

Another campaigner, Andrew Gordon, said: “It is only on occasion that it may be flooded and I think all the people will understand that at some points it will be impassable.

“And with the costing, this path will cost considerably less than making provisions on the existing A418 road.”

It is estimated that the proposed route on Millar Way would cost up to £275,000 whereas if the A418 was to be upgraded then it would be getting close to double this figure.

This issue has been ongoing for more than 15 years and there still appears to be no end in sight for the villagers.

In order to try and get it resolved, more letters have been sent to both county councils stating why the residents oppose the refusal of the path.