Pit path to be kept clear of overgrown weeds and rubbish
A popular footpath which has been a cause for complaint for many years from residents annoyed by overgrown brambles and mess will now be regularly maintained to make life easier for walkers.
The "pit path", which runs between Westfield and Midsomer Norton, has been adopted by Bath and North East Somerset Council so it can now be included in cutting and upkeep schedules.
The history of the path goes back some decades, to when it was built by the old Coates ink factory, on the understanding that the firm would not be responsible for its upkeep.
Over the years, various councils have occasionally organised a one-off cut when vegetation became too overgrown, but no one has taken overall responsibility.
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This has meant that residents have at times struggled while travelling along the path which runs between Old Pit Road and South Wansdyke Leisure Centre in Midsomer Norton.
Councillor Robin Moss (Lab, Westfield) said: "Hopefully now we will all be able to use the pit path without having to train for an assault course.
"This is a victory of persistence by residents, Westfield Parish Council and councillors, all who have been pushing for years for the path to be maintained on a regular basis.
"I know that there have been persistent emails, letters and phone calls over the last couple of years, particularly from Westfield Parish Council and I'm glad all our efforts have paid off."
B&NES councillor Rob Appleyard (Lab, Westfield) added: "I know that the old Norton Radstock Council tried to solve this problem and I think even Wansdyke Council was involved at one point. We all kept pushing and pushing.
"It's good the matter has been resolved, but it is a real shame it has had to take so long."