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Blocked public rights of way

Reported via desktop in the Public Right of Way footpath category anonymously at 20:01, Thursday 7 March 2024

Sent to Bromley Council less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5683536.

Someone in the woods keeps closing pathways by dumping cut trees and fence posts over the pathways that have been used for years. Today the pathway from the estate to the school has been blocked. Please investigate who is doing this. The woods have slowly been ruined. Even fallen trees kids used to play on have been ruined by dumped branches thrown on it.

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  • Thank you for your report, this is now being investigated. Information on our services and the timeframes we aim to respond in can be found: http://www.bromley.gov.uk/ fixservices

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 20:02, Thursday 7 March 2024

  • This is also a public footpath and legally cant be blocked

    Posted anonymously at 19:17, Friday 8 March 2024

  • We are continuing to investigate and working to resolve this report

    Posted by Bromley Council at 07:56, Monday 11 March 2024

  • Thank you for your comment about blocked paths in Darrick Woods.

    Darrick & Newstead Woods is one of the London Borough of Bromley’s greenspaces, despite its situation in the heart of an urban landscape, it has been designated as Local Nature Reserve (LNR). It is an Ancient Semi-Natural Woodland, area that has existed without major disturbance since 1600. The ground flora in these beautiful woods contains some rare species of plants that must be preserved. The path that you commented on is not an official path, rather a desire line that people created as a short cut over time and it is getting bigger and bigger, damaging ground flora. Idverde have blocked that path to prevent people from damaging ground flora further more.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Bromley Council at 10:40, Monday 18 March 2024

  • Thank you for using FixMyStreet to report your concerns to Bromley.

    Posted by Bromley Council at 10:42, Monday 18 March 2024

  • What is the flora being damaged? This has been a pathway for ages and the constant closing off all areas of this wood is detrimental to the public enjoyment of open spaces. Is there a public consultation for this type of work? Who has agreed to do it? Where are the plans online?

    Posted anonymously at 14:00, Monday 18 March 2024

  • We are continuing to investigate and working to resolve this report

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 11:53, Wednesday 20 March 2024

  • We have investigated the report issue and have made contact with the report originator and/or a subsequent commenter to outline further details. This report is now closed on FixMyStreet.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Bromley Council at 11:41, Tuesday 26 March 2024

  • We all agree, this needs to stop! Idverde are vandalising the established de facto paths and doing more damage to fauna by dumping logs, trampling the margins and cutting down saplings to make barricades that are an unnecessary eyesore. Please note, sadly there are no rare species in these woods. Idverde’s version of wilding is wrecking woodlands, meadows and especially every formal park in the borough which now look like wastelands.

    Idverde should concentrate on useful work such as FILLING eroded road-stone paths (there’s a first time for everything), removing fallen trees in a timely manner, cutting brambles and nettles so that disabled people have access and bluebells can flourish.

    Do not close this report. Let’s have more debate on the matter, please!

    Posted anonymously at 15:35, Friday 3 May 2024

  • I agree with the previous comment and more trees are have been dumped since to close off access. Idverde should not be given remit to make decisions like this in a public park

    Posted anonymously at 17:06, Friday 3 May 2024

  • More pictures of dumped branches

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 17:07, Friday 3 May 2024

  • We are continuing to investigate and working to resolve this report

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Bromley Council at 11:21, Tuesday 7 May 2024

  • We have investigated the report issue and have made contact with the report originator and/or a subsequent commenter to outline further details. This report is now closed on FixMyStreet.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Bromley Council at 14:39, Tuesday 28 May 2024

  • Dear Mr McGrath and Concerned Public

    I understand that some of you may be frustrated by the closure of paths in Darrick ancient semi-natural woodlands. It’s essential to recognize that these closures are not arbitrary; they serve a critical purpose in safeguarding public and our natural heritage. The post and rail has been put in place for a reason long time ago, but it gets broken every time we replace it. While some paths may be closed, alternative routes are available. May I invite you to discuss any of the above at Friends of Darrick and Newstead woods volunteer work party. The sessions are run every Thursday at 10 am for an hour and a half with a cup of tea and biscuits at the end and an opportunity for discussion of any challenges. Sincerely, Irena Bennett

    Posted by Bromley Council at 11:02, Wednesday 29 May 2024

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