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Deputy Mayor To Take Steps On Ramblers’ Concerns


Deputy Mayor to take steps on Ramblers’ concerns

LEICESTER’S Deputy City Mayor will be restating the council’s commitment to protecting and improving the city’s network of walking routes to national walking charity The Ramblers.

Representatives of the walking charity have invited Cllr Rory Palmer to join them on a short walk to demonstrate problems and opportunities and to discuss findings from its recent ‘Paths in Crisis’ investigation and other local issues.

Although not named among The Ramblers’ ‘Councils of Concern’, Leicester City Council was highlighted for being unable to provide budget data for statutory rights of way services.

The city council does not have a dedicated rights of way service due to the relatively small size of the city’s network. However, encouraging and promoting walking is a key part of the wider remit of the city council’s dedicated sustainable transport team.

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Rory Palmer said: “We are absolutely committed to promoting walking as a healthy, cheap and enjoyable way of getting about in Leicester.

“The council already works in close partnership with walking charities The Ramblers and Living Streets to get more people walking to school, to work and for pleasure.

“Our Connecting Leicester programme represents a huge investment in improving pedestrian routes in around the city centre, but we are also keen to preserve the quieter walking routes that link our parks, rivers, canals and green spaces.

“It is important that everybody has the opportunity to enjoy walking for pleasure. It’s a great way to stay healthy and to rediscover some of the most attractive parts of our city.”

On Monday (Jan 27), Cllr Palmer will join a short walk – along a length of the River Soar and around Corporation Road and Abbey Lane – led by The Rambler’s area footpath secretary Stan Warren and area chair Roy Denney.

Roy Denney, who is also Chair of the Leicestershire Local Access Forum, said: “The Ramblers’ local groups organise close to 1,000 led walks each year for all standards of fitness. We also work with local partners to encourage independent walking as a way to get from A-to-B, but also for the sheer pleasure of it and the health and general wellbeing it brings. It also helps to reduce the carbon footprint of public transport.”