3 campaigning Isle of Wight councillors have secured a commitment that a muddy footpath serving several schools in Newport will be upgraded this summer.
The path, which links St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, Carisbrooke Primary School, Christ the King College and Carisbrooke Pond, has, say the councillors, been in a dreadful state for several years and is ‘little better than a swamp’.
Councillor Chris Whitehouse (Newport West Ward), Councillor Julie Jones-Evans (Newport Central ward) and Councillor John Hobart (Carisbrooke ward) have jointly said:
“It’s been a nightmare for local school children and dog walkers for years. The path is so muddy that it’s little better than a swamp. We’re delighted we’ve persuaded the Isle of Wight Council to get quotes for upgrading this important route and that the work should be undertaken this summer.”
Cllr Whitehouse, in whose ward the path is located, added:
“We need to encourage our children to walk to school to improve their health and reduce childhood obesity, so keeping our footpaths in good condition has many benefits.”
The improvement work will in part be funded by a contribution from the developer of houses on the former Dairy Crest site which is a short distance away.