Gloucestershire ramblers make warning over 'blocked' paths

Several Gloucestershire footpaths have become "completely blocked" due to cuts to services by the local council, ramblers have said.

Since 2009, Gloucestershire County Council has cut its footpath maintenance budget by £300,000, leading to some paths becoming overgrown.

Leonie Spencer of the Ramblers Association said rights of way in the county "need to be kept open".

A council spokesman said regularly used paths had been made a priority.

Principal Rights of Way Officer John Lane said paths such as those between schools were deemed as more important than those in a remote area.

He said the council had to "spread what money we have more thinly".

"If it is a very little used path, then it is unlikely to get our attention."

Mrs Spencer said local rambling groups would be willing to take on maintenance work on the paths with support from the council.

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