There are around 60 volunteers working with Powys C.C. rights of way team across Powys. These volunteers play a vital role in maintaining the county’s bridge structures; with between 25–30 new bridges being constructed every year, and repairs carried out on many more. In addition to maintaining and building bridges, volunteers also clear vegetation, repair stiles and gates, and survey work on public rights of way.
More volunteers are needed, go to the link below and enter your details
Source: Volunteer to maintain public right of way
Residents who actively choose to walk or cycle short distances to get to work, take their children to school or go to the local shops are being invited to have their say on the current routes that exist and how these can be improved in a consultation launched by the council.
In September 2014, the Welsh Government introduced the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 which makes it a legal requirement for local authorities in Wales to map and plan for suitable routes for active travel within any town that has a population of over 2,000 residents.
There are two ways that residents can take part in the consultation:
1. Views can be given via an online consultation which is available on the council’s websitewww.powys.gov.uk/haveyoursay
2. Attend one of our drop in events where people will be able to see the maps first hand and discuss and provide views on route improvements etc.
In Powys there are 11 towns listed in the Act and drop in events have been organised for each town, more details can be found on the Have your Say webpage:
• Builth Wells
• Llandrindod Wells
Copies of the maps and survey will be available in libraries in the 11 towns from Monday 7 September 2015. The consultation will close on Friday 27 November.
Starting from Gwaelod y Rhos car park (SN 902 673) up through the woods onto the open hill to see the superb views of the Elan Valley from this aspect. Sorcha Lewis will be able to share knowledge of the wildlife and history of this area. This walk is approximately 4 Kilometres with a gradual climb at the start. Meet at 6.30pm, back around 8.30pm.
Source: A SUMMER EVENING STROLL | Elan Valley
Cllr Powell (centre) welcomes some of the new volunteer team leaders Geoff Beilby, Ray Trend and Kevin Jones. Also pictured is Nina Davies from the Countryside Services team.
Improvement work to paths and parks in Powys are to be led by a team of volunteers as part of a new pilot scheme.
Powys County Council has recruited is training a small team of volunteers that will organise and supervise essential works on public rights of way and local parks.
The council has benefited from the help of countryside volunteers for more than a decade with tasks such as clearing and maintaining rights of way paths and building bridges. The new volunteer leaders will work alongside rights of way officers to lead and co-ordinate this works which will increase the capacity to improve access to the Powys countryside for the enjoyment of everyone.
More information can be found on Powys C.C. site here