Posted: Wed 6th Apr 2016

Volunteers Install New Gates In Norton

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Apr 6th, 2016

Improvements to a bridleway in mid Powys have been carried out thanks to the efforts of a volunteer group. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Seven volunteers from Powys County Council’s Countryside Volunteers workforce have replaced two old gates with new bridle gates on a public bridleway in Norton, near Presteigne. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Led by Volunteer Team Leader Kevin Jones, the volunteers worked in two groups to remove the old gates and install the new ones in the same day. Other works carried out by the volunteers included vegetation clearance of overhanging branches and installing a new way mark post with directional arrows that indicate the line of the bridleway. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Countryside Volunteers will become a familiar sight around the county as they help the council manage and maintain the 9,200km of public rights of way as well as the numerous parks, playgrounds and open spaces in the county. They have already built and maintained hundreds of bridges and boardwalks as well as installing countless self-closing gates. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Under the guidance of the six new Volunteer Team Leaders and Countryside Officers, the volunteers will be able to work in teams across the county helping landowners and the council to maintain paths, parks and playgrounds. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Countryside Services, said: “We are extremely grateful for the work these volunteers have carried out on this bridleway in Norton. I’m sure their efforts will be appreciated by those who use the bridleway. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It is a time of significant change for the council as we have to transform how we deliver services and our Countryside Volunteers programme is just one example. Together we can make a real difference to our paths, parks and open spaces in Powys and help build stronger communities.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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