Council 'committed' to footpath scheme

By Alexandra Bánfi   |   Reporter   |
Thursday 27th January 2022 6:50 am
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Councillors Marc Davies and Elizabeth Evans

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Work to finish a footpath on a "dangerous road" is being hindered by partial responses from local landowners.

The campaign to connect Ffos-y-Ffin to Aberaeron with a pavement began four years ago in 2018. In the first two years Ceredigion County Council completed the two first phases of the project.

However, the final phase, connecting Aberaeron to the existing pavement by Rhiwgoch estate, is yet to be completed.

Earlier this month, Ffos-y-Ffin Councillor Marc Davies and Aberaeron Cllr Elizabeth Evans said they were "frustrated" with the delay and urged the council to finish the path.

Speaking to the Cambrian News previously, Cllr Davies said: "Because of the success of the first two phases, we are under more pressure from parents because they use the route more, it’s a very successful project, but the last quarter of a mile or so that’s left is the most dangerous part."

Ceredigion Council said they were "committed" to progressing the scheme and would "continue to work with stakeholders and landowners along the preferred route in 2022".

Schemes like are usually "dependent on funding being received from Welsh Government as well as financial contributions from other stakeholders".

The bid for funding will only be considered by Welsh Government if the council can "demonstrate that sufficient land has been acquired to construct" the scheme.

But partial responses from landowners have restricted the council from progressing with the scheme.

A spokesperson for Ceredigion County Council said: "Consent/land dedication documents have previously been sent to the relevant landowners but only partial responses were received in relation to the scheme.

"The Council will therefore need to re-send the documents to those property owners in order to look to progress scheme development."

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