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Burton Marsh Greenway to Re-Open

Published: 19th May 2020 14:37

Burton Marsh greenway is to reopen later this week after being closed due to anti-social behaviour issues during the coronavirus pandemic.

Burton Greenway

The greenway, also known as National Cycle Route 568 is a popular pathway with both walkers and cyclists linking England and Wales, crossing land owned by the RSPB.

The Neston to Deeside Industrial Park route will reopen on Wednesday, 20 May after it was temporarily closed at Burton Point, Neston.

Cheshire West and Chester Council, Flintshire County Council, the RSPB and Sustrans have all worked together to reopen of the greenway and to ensure that the route is used in a safe and courteous manner for everyone to enjoy.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of the Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing said: "I'm sure many residents will welcome the news that this picturesque greenway will be reopened. Many thanks for your patience while this route was temporarily closed.

Whether you are dog walking, cycling or enjoying daily exercise along the route, please respect other users of the greenway at all times. Social distancing is essential and no large groups should gather along the route.

"It was disappointing that a minority of people had been ignoring social distancing rules. We all need to find a way of dealing with shared spaces to play our part in beating coronavirus."

An RSPB spokesperson said: "We were delighted to open this permissive path for the community in 2013, to provide people with green transport links while enjoying views across our RSPB Dee Estuary reserve and were shocked at the levels of anti-social behaviour arising in the last few weeks.

"We have put measures in place so the path can now be re-opened, however we remind people that RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands is still closed, so users must stay on the path and follow the bye-laws which include keeping dogs on leads, as well as current social distancing guidelines."

There will be regular checks of the pathway, anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and could result in the greenway being closed again.

Users of the greenway are asked to follow the Governments guidelines regarding social distancing, always stay two metres away from people not from your own household, and wash your hands as soon as you return home.

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At 15:25 on 19th May 2020, merrymac commented:
Deep joy. Thank you to all parties who helped it re open
Anthony A
At 17:02 on 19th May 2020, Anthony A commented:
Yes, thank you to all, especially the RSPB as landowner. Very good news. I very much hope that no further trouble is caused by thoughtless users.
At 21:59 on 19th May 2020, Steph commented:
I walked down Denhall today and it didn't look closed to me, I couldn't believe my eyes, I saw at least 8 seperate lycra clad cyclists lift their bikes over the gate and then proceed to ride along the summer's road, why do these idiots think it is there God given right to behave the way they do...
David L
At 08:55 on 20th May 2020, David L commented:
Amongst all the angst about cyclists please bear in mind that for many who work in Deeside the Greenway is an travel to work route. My friend cycles from Birkenhead to Deeside every day for his essential work. The Greenway being closed is adding miles to his journey. And yes he does wear lycra! I wouldn't but that's his choice:)

John Cartlidge
At 10:13 on 20th May 2020, John Cartlidge commented:
I’ve posted this in the two discussions – hope this is okay. Years since I have used the route – May I ask is there a sign when you reach the Welsh border, so as to help avoid falling foul of the differing Covid restrictions – i.e. in Wales no unnecessary journeys?

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