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Hamble Conservation Volunteers

Repair of Footpath 505 - Wednesday 13th November 2019

By Bob Llewellin Hamble Conservation Volunteers

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

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Footpath 505 runs around the eastern periphery of Hamble Common and the section we intend repairing lies parallel with a ditch which is adjacent to the boundary with MDL's Hamble Point Marina.  We have already made one attempt to repair this section of footpath but further work is required.  It is now an urgent task because if it is not brought up to a reasonable standard Natural England might reroute the planned England Coastal Path further onto the Common with inevitable disruption to the Common and its wildlife.

Eastleigh Borough Council will be in overall management of the day but the work will be carried out by a combined team from Eastleigh Ramblers and ourselves.  The Common is a designated Site of Scientific Interest (SSI) so there are strict limitations on how the work can be fulfilled.  Heavy plant is out the question although we may be able to use powered tracked wheelbarrows.  Overall though the vast majority of the work must be carried out by hand and we would welcome anyone keen to get involved in path repair and ditch clearance.

Part of the problem is that the ditch drains into the sea but has lost its one way valve allowing high tides to flood back up the drainage pipe and saturate the path.  Currently we are in discussions with MDL, who own the outlet, on ways that it might be repaired.

 

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Philip Rawlinson

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