I HAVE read the ongoing press reports and letters about the Greenway Footpath and Cycle Path. Because of confused and conflicting information, I missed the opening and the local activities around the Greenway Bridge crossing the river. I would have been glad to take part in celebrating what, I believe, is a great asset. I took my daughter and grandson to Bartonsham on New Year's Day to see for myself. We really enjoyed the view and walking over the bridge, though I am not sure about car parking.
We decided not to risk continuing the walk to Rotherwas but to start from the other end. I am profoundly grateful that it was not a working day because my grandson ran ahead and across the road leading to Quickskip. There was nothing then to alert any of us to the nature of the change and the danger of the lorries. The safety measures are now in place. Surely some warning should have been in place before the opening instead of just a cycle sign painted on the tarmac?
Nor were we advised that the path became unpassable as it went under a bridge. This was not flood water but ground water in the dip above the level of the drains. We could certainly not walk through and I doubt if a cycle would have managed it either. Now, the water level has dropped and there is a flood warning sign at one side of the bridge. There is still no map or information. However, I was able to walk the surprisingly short way to the bridge. And I am pleased to see both walkers and cyclists trying this route. And looking at the three sculptures with the plaque directing me to the Sustrans website if I wished to know more about them.
I do think we could do better. Involving people is important. With more attention to detail, couldn't so many more people appreciate this area? There are so many powerful stories of this area that we should celebrate. The endeavours of Herefordians from prehistoric time have contributed so much here – not only the Rotherwas Ribbon and the munitions shed. I really hope we can all work together to ensure the enormous potential for this area is realised and truly celebrated in the spirit it deserves.