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Derbyshire footpath project completed

Renovation work has been carried out on a 2.5 mile (4km) stretch of footpath in Derbyshire.

The Matlock Spur, which joins the Limestone Way at Bonsall, has had 12 stiles replaced with self-closing gates, Derbyshire County Council said.

County councillor Chris Jackson encouraged walkers to use the footpath with its "stunning views of the countryside from Masson Hill".

The county council's rangers' service carried out most of the work.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-12104710

Edit: They changed this article: The link says £1m project and further states amount as £947,000, but amount now removed from article. Hmmmm, wonder why?

Edit no 2: I make that roughly £79k per stile..... and no discount for buying in bulk!

Edited by Caveat Mortgagor

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Derbyshire footpath project completed

Renovation work has been carried out on a 2.5 mile (4km) stretch of footpath in Derbyshire.

The Matlock Spur, which joins the Limestone Way at Bonsall, has had 12 stiles replaced with self-closing gates, Derbyshire County Council said.

County councillor Chris Jackson encouraged walkers to use the footpath with its "stunning views of the countryside from Masson Hill".

The county council's rangers' service carried out most of the work.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-12104710

Edit: They changed this article: The link says £1m project and further states amount as £947,000, but amount now removed from article. Hmmmm, wonder why?

There was something similar to this in Cambridge - near the Gog Magog Hills. Bike track for about £2M :rolleyes:

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Derbyshire footpath project completed

Renovation work has been carried out on a 2.5 mile (4km) stretch of footpath in Derbyshire.

The Matlock Spur, which joins the Limestone Way at Bonsall, has had 12 stiles replaced with self-closing gates, Derbyshire County Council said.

County councillor Chris Jackson encouraged walkers to use the footpath with its "stunning views of the countryside from Masson Hill".

The county council's rangers' service carried out most of the work.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-12104710

Edit: They changed this article: The link says £1m project and further states amount as £947,000, but amount now removed from article. Hmmmm, wonder why?

Can you follow this up? Any local press coverage?

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Can you follow this up? Any local press coverage?

Plenty of links in this search to the beeb article. Links have the amounts, the article now has them removed

http://www.google.co.uk/search?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-GB%3Aofficial&channel=s&hl=en&source=hp&q=derbyshire+footpath+%C2%A3947%2C000&btnG=Google+Search

Edited by Caveat Mortgagor

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Derbyshire footpath project completed

Renovation work has been carried out on a 2.5 mile (4km) stretch of footpath in Derbyshire.

The Matlock Spur, which joins the Limestone Way at Bonsall, has had 12 stiles replaced with self-closing gates, Derbyshire County Council said.

County councillor Chris Jackson encouraged walkers to use the footpath with its "stunning views of the countryside from Masson Hill".

The county council's rangers' service carried out most of the work.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-12104710

Edit: They changed this article: The link says £1m project and further states amount as £947,000, but amount now removed from article. Hmmmm, wonder why?

Edit no 2: I make that roughly £79k per stile..... and no discount for buying in bulk!

Matlock is a unique place that is well worth a visit at any time of the year. Lots of atmosphere on Sundays in summer when all the bikers meet up and the views seen from the top of 'Lovers Leap' cliff which overlooks Matlock Bath are fantastic.

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They probably got a lottery grant, or some other body. Kirklees has been doing up a local park (run into the ground by then) but the bulk of funds has come from Lotto. But watching these renovations over the summer, you can see all that is wrong with councils running anything. Supposed to completed by Autumn 2010, they are needless to say still spinning it out.

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Absolutely hilarious!! There are people on HPC who really do think it costs £947,000 to replace 12 stiles with gates! The correct figure is £947...

'Derbyshire pathway boost':

http://www.derbyshir...thway_boost.asp

Work costing £947 has been carried out on the 2.5 mile Matlock Spur which goes from Snitterton Road near the town's train station to join up with the Limestone Way at Bonsall.

Twelve old stiles have been replaced with new self-closing gates and 11 posts have been put in with new marker discs to make the route easier to follow.

Edited by CrashConnoisseur

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Absolutely hilarious!! There are people on HPC who really do think it costs £947,000 to replace 12 stiles with gates! The correct figure is £947...

'Derbyshire pathway boost':

http://www.derbyshir...thway_boost.asp

If only York City Council's new offices (that will allegedly save £17m over 25 years) were costing £32k instead of the £32m that is earmarked

I am prepared to stand a small wager with anyone that the project ends up over budget.

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/8768889.Main_contractor_for_new_City_of_York_Council_HQ_named/

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I'm not at all surprised that it has taken longer for reality to sink in in Derbyshire.

The old saying goes:

Derbyshire born, Derbyshire breed,

Thick in the arm,

Thick in the head.

(Of course this is very unfair because Derbyshire has a lot of famous celebs such as:

Richard Arkwright

Thomas Cook

Erasmus Darwin

Joe Davis

John Hurt

Samuel Johnson

D.H.Lawrence

Ellen MacArthur

Florence Nightingale

Barnes Wallice

and Mr Jones of 69 Arcacia Ave)

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Absolutely hilarious!! There are people on HPC who really do think it costs £947,000 to replace 12 stiles with gates! The correct figure is £947...

Well it wouldn't have surprised me, time after time you see 100K/200K/300K of S106 money available from new developments, and the lot is spent on 10 meters of cycle path.

Its all funny money when councils are concerned. If you start with someone else's money, you throw it in the pot, produce false charges to account for it, then use the excess to pay for your team of diversity officers.

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Keeping public rights of way in good order is a valid use of public money. If councils take their eyes off the rights-of-way ball, that will be the green light for farmers to obstruct, by neglect, our legal access to the countryside. I'm a keen walker, and while some farmers maintain their rights of way properly, others appear to go out of their way to make access difficult.

Rights of way are just what they say, rights of way, not a favour granted to the plebs by farmers.

Edited by Hyperduck Quack Quack

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are they trying to get rid of all the stiles in favour of gates to help disabled people? Or someone could twist their ankle on the things and sue the council?

Still , it seems alot of money.

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Derbyshire footpath project completed

Renovation work has been carried out on a 2.5 mile (4km) stretch of footpath in Derbyshire.

The Matlock Spur, which joins the Limestone Way at Bonsall, has had 12 stiles replaced with self-closing gates, Derbyshire County Council said.

County councillor Chris Jackson encouraged walkers to use the footpath with its "stunning views of the countryside from Masson Hill".

The county council's rangers' service carried out most of the work.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-12104710

Edit: They changed this article: The link says £1m project and further states amount as £947,000, but amount now removed from article. Hmmmm, wonder why?

Edit no 2: I make that roughly £79k per stile..... and no discount for buying in bulk!

Another fine example of council freemasons paying private sector freemasons a lot of money for doing very little work.

We've had the MP allowance scandal, how about unearthing another sort of scandal. We had a school crossing put in up the road, you know the usual white lines painted on the road, a couple of poles put in etc all at a cost for £150,000. This was all done prior to when the school was announced to close.

Some council contractors are making an absolute fortune, with our taxes.

I feel a freedom of information request coming on.

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