For some time now I have been noticing that it isn’t as easy as it should be to get across the common for a number of reasons. Generally these come down to poor surfaces, encroachment by foliage and a lack of clear signage and maps at crucial points.
However, the motivation for this post is another issue, which is that a number of paths appear to be being deliberately blocked with branches for reasons I fail to understand.
You can tell that the last one is just inside the boundary because the boundary marker for the common is clearly visible. I have removed branches from these paths on a number of occasions and they keep coming back! I can only assume that this is official policy.
I have already spoken about my issue with the blocking of the ‘police station path‘ so won’t go over that one again. I will however note that the reason given for blocking that one was ‘heath and safety’ but that I can see even less justification for blocking these paths for that reason.
Here is a map showing the location of the above blockages.
Clearly the blockages are of no great consequence as they stand, but they give a message that says ‘stay away’ rather than ‘come on in and enjoy the common’.
Funny old world.