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Vegetation overgrowth along the length of new Thames towpath from Donnington Bridge to Folly Bridge

Reported anonymously at 12:29, Fri 1 November 2019

The extra width on the new stretch of Thames towpath from the ringroad near Iffley Lock to just beyond Folly bridge has been a great benefit to all users, cyclists and pedestrians alike causing less conflict due to there being more space to move and overtake. However, the large amount of vegetation growth over the summer means that in some areas on the hedge side we have lost 1/3 to 1/2 of the width to this vegetation and so we are little better off than before the work was done. The plants growing in the edge of the new surface need to be scraped back to the edge of tarmac surface. The vegetation above it needs to be cut right back, both annual dead stuff and all the brambles, hedge plants, trees etc to allow for full use of the new extra width. I wonder what the plans are for the path to be maintained at its full width in order that we continue to be able to use it? The thing is, if it isn't maintained properly it will go the way of the Sustrans produced section going South to Sandford.

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