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L-R: Cllr Whitehouse, Sean Wyse of Island Roads, and Cllr Hobart

More footpaths used by Newport and Carisbrooke residents and by children accessing local schools could be improved or upgraded if an Isle of Wight Councillor gets his way.

Councillor Chris Whitehouse (Conservative, Newport West Ward) worked with Councillor John Hobart (Conservative, Carisbrooke Ward) to have major improvements undertaken at Purdy Road Footpath last year, but now the councillor is calling for additional local footpaths to be improved as well.

Cllr Whitehouse has this week said:

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“We have created a somewhat bizarre situation locally. Purdy Road Footpath has been upgraded to a tarmac surface, which is greatly welcomed by local people. However, that’s only for a few hundred yards and all the other local paths (N60, N62, N64, N53 and N58) remain in a dreadful state.

“Pupils for Carisbrooke Primary School, St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, Christ the King College, Newport Primary School and Carisbrooke College are still arriving in school with their shoes caked in mud and, much to the annoyance of their parents, returning home the same way”.

The decision to get quotes for different levels of maintenance and upgrade has been made after the Whitehouse reminded Isle of Wight Council officers that significant funds are still held in reserve from the builders of the local Dairy Crest Drive housing development for use with transport improvements locally.

Chris adds:

“We’ve been campaigning for this for several years. Let’s hope the project can now move ahead as local people are fed up with the swamp the paths have become.”

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