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Residents delighted with footpath renovation

Cllr Surinder Dhesi with local resident Shelia Mangan on the resurfaced footpath.

Cllr Surinder Dhesi with local resident Shelia Mangan on the resurfaced footpath.

A footpath connecting Ruscote Avenue with Banbury town centre has been re-surfaced after a campaign by a local councillor acting on behalf of residents.

Surinder Dhesi, an Oxfordshire county, Cherwell district and Banbury town councillor, successfully campaigned to resurface a section of the path between Nursery Drive and Ruscote Avenue five years ago.

The remaining section of the walkway has just been completed, giving residents a vital access route and a track for walkers and joggers.

Mrs Dhesi explained: “It’s important because it’s well used for residents as a short cut from the Ruscote estate going to the town.

“The footpath was in a bad state with lots of potholes and the residents are very pleased they’ve got a footpath they can use now.” Mrs Dhesi helped secure £4,206 from Oxfordshire County Council’s Community Stewardship fund and £7,300 from its Countryside fund to have the work completed by the council’s maintenance teams. Evenlode resident Sheila Mangan, 74, uses the footpath every day to get to work, the town centre and church.

She said: “I am really very pleased this has been done. Now it’s nice and dry to walk along.

“It is used a lot by mothers with pushchairs and prams and I met someone else there this morning who said they are really pleased with it.”

 

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