Gordon is backing residents’ calls for a key public footpath through to Marton Mere Nature Reserve to be protected and turned into a “Public Right of Way”.
He met with over 50 local people and users from around the area at the site, who are angry at the Marton Mere Holiday Village’s failure to reopen the footpath running through the new extended caravan site. The footpath closed in November last year – those in charge of the holiday village promised to fully reopen it when the work was finished. But there still remains restrictions for public access by the holiday village.
Gordon said: “The residents were promised they would have full access to the footpath again when work on the caravan site was completed. After pressure from residents, the holiday village are now allowing access in daylight hours. However this still doesn’t go far enough to honouring that promise, but will also be no good in the winter months for residents, who might want to walk their dogs before and after work.
“The path has been in use for the last 40/50 years. Many of the people I met have been regular users of it for a very long time, so I can understand their anger at the situation. The nature reserve at Marton Mere is a key part of the council’s overall health and wellbeing strategy and making the area more accessible is a key part of that. Nothing should jeopardise that and turning the footpath into a public right of way would go a long way to meeting that commitment. Protecting local green spaces is something I feel passionate about and was something championed when I launched my Cleaner Greener initiative back in April 2016.”
Gordon added: “I am also concerned about the CCTV at the new caravan site. One of the campaigners whose house backs onto the caravan park told me they were not sure whether the cameras had been put up with the appropriate permission or not. If this is the case it could be an infringement of people’s privacy.
“I fully support the residents’ concerns, as does their local councillor, and the application to have the footpath formally designated as a right of way within in the parameters of the caravan park development. The holiday village should now talk constructively to the users of the footpath and local residents, as they should have done in the first place. They also need to work closely with the Council’s Highways Department.”
The application for the public right of way will be decided later in the year.