Archive for the ‘Footpath’ Category

Weeding party

July 8, 2018

Thank you to the 8 Trust members who came to the working party on Friday morning to weed the tubs, beds, triangle and paths in the village centre. The place is looking much more cared for now.

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Clean sweep for ‘The Cut’

December 11, 2017

Last Friday morning a group of 5 volunteers cleared overhanging branches, debris and mud from the well used tarmac path between Briary Gardens and Peile Park. It is also known as the ‘Chicken Run’, as there used to be a chicken coup in the field beside the path. The stream was also cleared of debris.

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Village centre tidy up

October 7, 2017

Thank you to the 10 Trust members who helped remove litter, moss & weeds from the pavements and ‘triangle’ in the village centre yesterday morning. Everywhere looks much tidier now, after only a couple of hours work.

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Working parties are being held on the first Friday morning of the month. Next month we are bulb planting, daffodils & croci along the main road.


Clean cut

April 5, 2016

This morning, eight volunteers of the Village Trust spent a couple of hours cutting back vegetation, clearing the stream and removing debris from the path.

Thanks to Carol, Jeff, Keith, John S, John W, Margaret, Richard & Sue for all their hard work. The Cut looks lovely & clean and the new bulbs and plants have made a big improvement.

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Improvements to ‘The Cut’

July 13, 2014

Also known as the ‘Hen Run’, the well used footpath between Briary Gardens and The Terrace has been ‘adopted’ by the Trust as a wildlife conservation area, as a part of its Blooming Shotley Bridge Initiative.

This week a dozen volunteers have been cutting back the overgrown vegetation which has been taken for composting, by the County Council.  The stream has been cleared and debris removed.  Bulb and wildflower planting has been undertaken to improve the site’s biodiversity and habitats for wildlife have been created, including a stone and wood sculpture at the bottom entrance. A ‘bug hotel’, bat and bird boxes have been made by volunteers and school children.


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‘The Cut’ is cleared

August 23, 2013

A wall at the bottom of ‘The Cut’, between Churchill Close and The Terrace collapsed earlier this year but a dispute over ownership led to the rubble being left on the side of the path.


To resolve the situation, local County Councillors Stephen Robinson and Peter Oliver organised a skip and, with volunteers, helped to load it. Particular thanks also to Carl Robinson and John Shaw.


School conservation area

May 8, 2012

Last Thursday, 2 members of the ‘Blooming Shotley Bridge’ committee helped build the first section of a path which will give access through the new wildlife conservation area at Shotley Bridge Junior School. Volunteers from the Trust intend to give regular help to the development of the site, which will be used by pupils in their education.

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Shotley Grove Footbridge open

September 29, 2011

Work has been completed on the new footbridge across the River Derwent at Shotley Grove.

Durham County Council completed the scheme earlier this week and it looks very impressive, with the bridge and approaches having been built to a high standard.

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Footbridge in place

July 26, 2011

The Shotley Grove footbridge across the River Derwent has been hoisted into place and bolted onto its concrete foundations.

Hopefully it will not be many more weeks before the bridge will be open to pedestrians.

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There is a full report in the Northern Echo.

Footbridge under construction

July 25, 2011

Contractors are lifting the new footbridge into position at Shotley Grove tomorrow morning.

Today the two halves were delivered and joined together ready for hoisting into position sometime tomorrow morning.

The photos show the first section being unloaded at lunchtime today and where the metal structure will be fixed onto the river bank.

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Footbridge construction to start

July 3, 2011

Work on the construction of the replacement Shotley Grove footbridge is expected to start tomorrow.

Following final confirmation on legal land acquisition issues, Durham County Council has given the contractor notice to start with site works on Monday 4th July.


New footpath at ‘The Cut’

June 6, 2011

In March 2010 I reported on a meeting with the Trust and an officer from Durham County Council who was invited to look at the problem of water flowing down the footpath ‘the Cut’ from Briary Gardens to The Terrace.

Work has just been carried out to drain the spring water away from the path and the surface of the path has been stoned and re-dressed.

It has been suggested that the embankments be planted with Bluebells, Primroses and wild flowers.

New Shotley Grove Footbridge soon!

May 11, 2011

Planning permission for the revised alignment of the new footbridge across the River Derwent has now been granted.

If there are no more holdups, construction may start on the 23rd May 2011!

Shotley Grove footbridge

February 18, 2011

A revised planning application has been submitted for the replacement Shotley Grove footbridge.

The revised plan shows a new alignment from the north end of the public car park crossing the river in a single span.  Both a ramped and stepped access is to be provided from the public car park on the east side and the footbridge will land at grade on the west bank.

Funding for this scheme is available for this coming financial year.  With planning approval, works should be able to start May/June 2011 and be completed in September.  I’m also informed that Environment Agency approval is forthcoming.

Take a look at the plan showing the revised alignment or go to Durham County Council’s online planning application system for all the application details.

Bridge row article

September 11, 2010

In this week’s Advertiser there is an article about the footbridge at Shotley Grove. It explains why there is a delay in providing the new footbridge link to Forge Cottage and the riverside path on the Northumberland bank of the River Derwent. It appears that there are still ongoing disagreements between Ms Eileen Carr and Durham County Council.

For those that do not read the Advertiser, here is a link.

Shotley Grove footbridge delayed!

June 18, 2010

Although all the advance works for the replacement footbridge are all complete [including road widening for crane access], construction workers have moved off site.

Access issues on the Northumberland side of the river are still not resolved. It appears that land negotiations failed at the 11th hour.

The fabrication of the additional 10 metre section of bridge [to be added to an existing 30 metre section] has been put on hold and other orders cancelled whilst land agents try to deal with the issues.

There is only a limited window in which construction can take place, before October, to satisfy Environment Agency requirements.  If an affordable agreement cannot be reached the viability of the scheme may be in doubt, particularly in the current economic climate with budget cuts looming.

Shotley Grove footbridge

April 24, 2010

Work has started on preparing the site for the new footbridge which will replace the one washed away in the floods in September 2008.

Trees and bushes have been felled on both banks of the river to allow for access and the foundations for the bridge to be constructed.

Planning approval and Environment Agency consent for the bridge have been obtained and the main contractor is drawing up a works programme. However, there is no start date yet because there are a number of logistical issues to be resolved, regarding road access for the lifting crane.

The trees have been reduced so as to help with the crane lift. It’s planned that the assembled 31m deck span will be positioned alongside the river’s edge wall bounding the car park before being lifted into place. The tree works have been done early prior to any birds setting up nests.

Pavement parking

March 28, 2010

Parking on pavements not only causes damage to the path but can be inconvenient to pedestrians, particularly those with pushchairs or wheelchairs.  It is a particular problem in the village centre and near the Junior and Infant schools, where pedestrians are often forced into the road by inconsiderate drivers.

In many residential areas parking on footpaths cannot be avoided as there is insufficient off street parking available.  But where the road is wide enough to allow vehicles to pass there is often no excuse to park on the pavement.

Durham County Council’s website gives more details about the problems caused and information about illegal parking and obstruction.

Wet footpath at ‘The Cut’

March 10, 2010

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This afternoon an officer from Durham County Council was invited by the Trust to look at the problem of water flowing down the footpath between Briary Gardens and The Briary. This public right of way is well used but a spring behind The Briary is causing the path to become muddy and wet.

It is hoped that the ‘stream’ can be drained away from the path and the surface re-dressed.

‘The cut’ is dry again

November 20, 2009

The footpath link between Peile Park and The Briary/The Terrace/Churchill Close is now open and dry.

The duck-boards have been removed, drainage added and the path resurfaced. Thank you to the County Council for solving the problem of flooding here that has blighted adjoining properties and inconvenienced users of this important footpath link between Benfieldside and Shotley Bridge.