John Fisher, Volunteer and Walk Leader
This article is from Signpost 69, Autumn 2021
In Signpost 67 I described the process for dealing with footpath faults reported to PNFS. On 1 July 2021 I had been doing this job for a year, receiving 320 fault reports. These were passed on, wherever possible to the appropriate PNFS Inspector (85% of total). The spreadsheet used to record faults provides data analysis, in the first instance by faults, recorded for each Highway Authority in the PNFS area, as below:
What does all this mean? A high figure for faults reported could mean just that there are more faults (Staffs), or that PNFS has more members and a higher profile in the area (Stockport). Both factors will contribute.
The earlier report showed an even spread between the north and south of the PNFS area, but a strong bias to west against east and this trend has continued. The high figures for urban areas in the west indicate the effect of repeated lockdowns during the year restricting travel. This trend was not however found in Sheffield which recorded only four faults throughout the year; also, only five of the 52 reports from High Peak were from east of the watershed.
This information is produced for the Trustees, but we would also welcome comments from members, either through the website or via Signpost.
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