This lane is in a deplorable state. Landowners on either side of this lane were written to on 6th July 2016 asking them to clear their ditches by the Parish Council. One landowner has replied. We await a reply and action from the landowner on the Northern side of the lane. The local Fishing Club have asked to be involved in the planning phase of any work effecting the river.
On 15th August BPC wrote to Hampshire County Council asking for assistance by:
- erecting barriers to prevent unauthorised access from either end of the lane
- persuading the landowner on the Northern side to clear their ditches and clean the lane (or to fund the work by BPC)
- providing suitable erosion control measures in the river to minimise effects on the footbridge and associated infrastucture.
On 27 September, BPC met the Northern side land agent and Hampshire County officers to discuss remedial work.
On 5 October, BPC met the land agent and Bournemouth Water officers to further discuss ditch clearance. Hampshire officers were also on-site cleaning the lane. Options for declasifying the lane to a cycleway/footpath, plus suitable barriers were further discussed.
In November 2016 the lane was cleaned by Hampshire Highways and the North side ditch cleared by the landowner after BPC cut back the vegetation. The lane subsequently became flooded but has drained well as the river subsided. Efforts continue to get the lane reclassified as a cycleway/footpath, plus the use of barriers to prevent vehicles with three or more wheels using the lane.
Further fly-tipping in the lane has occured. Meeting now arranged with Hampshire Highways in early February to pursue the process of lane reclassification. Landowners with access from the lane have been contacted requesting their feedback.