Since my article regarding Cheshire East's need for footpath volunteers back on November 16th, a couple of people contacted me to say that they had responded as per the article and simply received an automatic response -- and that CE would be looking into their case! Nothing further has yet been heard.
I emailed my contact at CE PROW last night (Saturday) and the next morning had received a response stating:-
"CE has received loads of enquiries from Audlem, which is amazing -- thank you! Please bear with us as we are very thin on the ground at the moment and struggling to keep up with what's coming in....... hence why we need some volunteers to help ease the load 😊"
Whilst councils rightly come in for plenty of criticism, I would imagine that footpaths are not necessarily at the top of their list of current priorities, so let's cut them a bit of slack!
They have been very responsive following my request for advice as regards the footpath across Turnpike, so hopefully the willing volunteers will receive more follow-up soon.
Watch this space!