Looking after the footpaths, for the enjoyment of the community

Purton Parish Council aid the maintenance of footpaths within the community working closely with a dedicated team of volunteers, land owners and Wiltshire Council to keep the 161 footpaths accessible and open.

The Parish Council office also has maps for sale of all the footpaths within the Parish.

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Braydon 2 - New Bridge, Stile and Waymarker required
FP50/51 - Replace missing post and replace waymarkers
FP11 Bentham Farm - Waymark required at FP4
FP113,Upper Pavenhill - New Stile required.

FP72, off Hyde Lane- Overhanging branch cut
FP36/37, Upper Pavenhill - Step post replaced
FP65, The Pry to Moulden Lake - New handrail fitted to bridge
FP6 off Stoke Common Lane - New bridge required 
FP112, Francomes Hill - New Kissing Gate installed to replace the Rambling Gate
FP72 off Hyde Lane - New Kissing Gate post required
Jnct. FP71 and FP72 - New Kissing Gate post required

11th April 2022

FP27 - Purton Stoke -------- Loose post to stile -------- Work to be completed by Landowner
FP27 - Purton Stoke -------- Repairs to bridge required --------- Work to be completed by Landowner

13th June 2022

Work carried out by The Footpath Team this week included strimming of footpaths 110,FP111,FP83,FP96
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To see a list of completed work on Footpaths in the Parish of Purton during 2016 Click Here

To see a list of completed work on Footpaths in the Parish of Purton during 2017 Click Here                                               
To see a list of completed work on Footpaths in the Parish of Purton during
2018 Click Here

To see a list of completed work on Footpaths in the Parish of Purton during
2019 Click Here

To see a list of completed work on Footpaths in the Parish of Purton during 2020 Click Here

To see a list of completed work on Footpaths in the Parish of Purton during 2021 Click Here

Report of informal meeting to discuss footpath problems with Wiltshire Council held 20th October 2021

Stephen Leonard Barry Pitts Peter Andrews David Arnold
Stephen advised that his dept. was undergoing changes again and they would be under Highways in the future. There were a very large number of footpath problems being reported since covid started and many more people were now out walking. Their workload was such that they had been unable to resolve fully any of our outstanding problems. He also advised that because of this workload their priorities were to problems where the public were at risk. If possible, repairs would be their next priority and problems with waymarking, and signage just would not get done. They had how ever laid road planing’s on the lower section of Hoggs Lane and to Vasterne Hill which has improved the surface tremendously. It was noted that the long-standing issue of a locked gate on FP6 from FP4 was resolved with the lock being removed by the landowner. It was also noted that the contentious section of FP50 onto Vasterne Hill had been sorted and we could now go ahead and waymark the new route.FP16 Pond Lane, fingerpost has been installed.
FP127 at Minety boundary. There now seemed to be access across the track into the next property. This is not in our parish. Stephen thanked all members of the Footpath Team for their work on Purton’s footpaths. Wiltshire Council are currently unable to supply us with stile materials as they are having supply issues, but they can supply sleepers. Six were requested.
Looking at our outstanding issues -
Our First Preferred Priority items are –FP3
 to Blakehill- currently unavailable. SL to contact landowner. Two stiles are required to make this accessible, albeit not fully on the defined line
FP124 to Blakehill - currently unavailable. SL to discuss opening this up with the landowner.
Our secondary Preferred Priority items are –
FP68 off Collins Lane opposite Diana Lodge. Footpath unavailable. SL to contact landowner
FP7 from FP4 - footpath unavailable. Stile required in hedgerow. We would like to make this footpath available as an alternative to the problem FP6. SL to contact landowner.
FP12 from Bentham Lane. The route is now obstructed by new fences. SL to contact landowner.
FP99 Common Farm - Landowner querying route through garden. Footpath is currently walkable, but route is contentious. SL to check definitive map to determine correct route.
FP57 Witts Lane to Henley's Corner. SL had met members of the Footpath Team to check out the feasibility of opening this footpath. Part should certainly be possible, and contact would now be made with the landowner.
FP61 New Road end - no access across wide ditch. This to be left for now.
FP30 Watkins Corner – it was agreed to pursue with the landowner making the farm access track a permissive path.
FP5 on B4696 - Fingerpost required. SL stated under current workload this was not a priority.
Kissing gates FP46A Vasterne Hill. SL was asked to contact the landowner who has installed a fence with a stile across this footpath and should have installed a gate. This was one of our stile free footpaths.
FP44 onto Vasterne Hill, permission required to change stile to a kissing gate. SL is in contact with tenant who is reluctant to give permission.
FP50 from field off Vasterne Close. We have a sponsor to change the stile to a kissing gate. This may be a contentious change, but SL said we could seek permission from the relevant landowner.
FP70 from Station Road. This requires two kissing gates to make this a stile free footpath. The landowner had been approached previously but would only agree to one change. SL explained we could not force the other to be changed. It was agreed to at least pursue the one agreed change. 
The following are longstanding issues and have still to be sorted.
We have a small number of footpaths and bridleways which are currently unavailable, and we wish to open them up as soon as is possible whilst acknowledging that some are difficult to resolve.
FP148 near to Bentham Farm beside Purton boundary stone - now unavailable as a bridleway. SL explained a bridle gate would be installed if a use done became available. There are discrepancies over where the actual route should run.
FP43 Lower Pavenhill - only available as a footpath. SL had met with a member of the British Horse-Riding Society to discuss the route but no progress yet with the landowner.
FP34 New Farm, Bentham - route not accessible. SL advised additional problem in this area as FP14A onto Bentham Lane is not on the official line.
FP123 and 133 Queen Street - route not accessible. Ongoing issue.
Braydon FP3 - route not accessible through Highbarn Farm. SL needs to check whether this footpath is stated as reaching the main road. Field boundaries have been changed.
FP161 The problem was raised over the short section at Francomes Hill which gets extremely muddy during winter on what is a popular footpath. After discussion SL said the only way to solve this would be to add a hard surface along this length but Wilts Council would not be in a position to do this. It was suggested costings be investigated and possible ways of funding it. The problem was also raised of horses using this footpath and could it be fenced off to prevent this. SL was asked to contact the landowner to discuss these proposals. A query was raised on who owns the land over which
FP127 runs at the back of Hooks Hill. It was originally thought Green Square, and they would maintain the footpath, however they now say it is not theirs. SL could not answer this. Green Square are currently finalising work in this area. The responsibility for future maintenance of this section is unknown.
The next meeting with Stephen to be arranged in 6 months’ time. 

Maps and leaflets updated 11th October 2018

The Parish Council office has maps for sale of all the footpaths in Purton Parish.

A colour A0 size map is £13.00, A1 size map is £6.00, A2 size is £3.00 and A3 size is £1.50. We also have some footpath booklets for sale of suggested routes to walk with varying distances around the parish at a cost of £1.50 each.

A new style route map is available from the Council offices - Walk 4, Ringsbury Camp & Greenhill distance is 5.3 miles. Walk 5, Canals and Railways', the distance is a little over 5 miles. Walk 7, Two Churches, distance 3.3 miles. Walk 15, The Battle Walk distance 3.9 miles. These Walk Leaflets are 50p each.

Click Here to print off Walk 4 - Ringsbury Camp and Greenhill.
Click Here to print off Walk 5 - Canals and Railways.
Click Here to print off Walk 7 - Two Churches.
Click Here to print off Walk 15 - The Battle Walk

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