Fury over Marlow river path sparks council action

The muddy footpath

James Pieslak

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

COUNCIL officials have pledged to make an emergency inspection of Marlow’s river path after a scathing complaint from shocked new resident, James Pieslak.

James, 32, moved to Marlow four months ago with his family and loves everything about the area except the path which runs alongside the Thames.

He says it has left him ‘aghast’ and he believes it will disappoint visitors coming to the town. He said when he walks or runs from the town towards Temple Lock after it has rained he comes to a very muddy section which is unwalkable.

James said: "It is kind of completely unwalkable. I am a runner as well. Whenever it rains what happens it is gets really boggy. It is simply inaccessible."

He moved to Marlow from Reading with his partner, Carly Ryan and they have an 11-week-old son called Tom.

He said they used to walk to Sonning from Reading with ease and never had any problems with the state of the river paths.

James, who goes running four times a week, added: "I had my mum and dad down a few weeks ago and I thought we could go for a walk along the river.

"Then we came across a lot of mud and we had to turn around. It is such a shame as it is so nice down there with Bisham Church across the river."

James, who works in Thame for Travelodge in Corporate Communications, said he believes whoever maintains the path should invest a money into it and make sure the path is well drained.

And he emphasised he loves the town. He said: "I love it. I love everything about the place. I have really enjoyed it. "It is friendly, the shops are great, it is a nice place."

Deputy Mayor Suzanne Brown said she has had people talking to her about the path this week, because of the weather.

She said: "I feel it should be sorted out. When it is not muddy it actually slopes.

"It needs quite a bit of work and not just when it is wet and muddy."

Buckinghamshire County Council owns the land. Dan Green, from Transport for Buckinghamshire, said:

"Due to the paths' riverside location and its status as part of The National Trail, it receives a high level of maintenance throughout the year. Ground works were carried out last year in partnership with the National Trail to improve the surface.

"An emergency inspection will take place to decide whether there are any immediate safety issues that require short term implementation.

"This year has been exceptional with unusual weather leading to a high level of surface growth and issues with drainage as well as higher than normal river levels.

"The unusual weather event means it is difficult to make a proper assessment of what is needed at the location and as such a further inspection will take place in the spring to ascertain whether subsequent works are required."

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9:40am Mon 12 Nov 12

Ivor'sbestfriend says...

God forbid he ever tries to walk in the countryside after periods of heavy rain.

I too run along the river in the mornings, but if it's been raining I go a different route that's less muddy. It's amazing what a bit of forward planning can achieve. The stretch between Henley and Reading also gets muddy when it rains, make sure you don't ever try to walk that route Mr. Pieslak, you might find yourself more than aghast!
God forbid he ever tries to walk in the countryside after periods of heavy rain. I too run along the river in the mornings, but if it's been raining I go a different route that's less muddy. It's amazing what a bit of forward planning can achieve. The stretch between Henley and Reading also gets muddy when it rains, make sure you don't ever try to walk that route Mr. Pieslak, you might find yourself more than aghast! Ivor'sbestfriend
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10:01am Mon 12 Nov 12

Lividov says...

OMG - it's a free for all for emergency inspections then?!!! Sod the path - what about the cutbacks in essential services? Dear oh dear Mr Pieslak please put things in perspective. ... i don't believe this bit of "news".
OMG - it's a free for all for emergency inspections then?!!! Sod the path - what about the cutbacks in essential services? Dear oh dear Mr Pieslak please put things in perspective. ... i don't believe this bit of "news". Lividov
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10:52am Mon 12 Nov 12

acjy1985 says...

There is a path that runs parallel to this one a bit further inland from the river that is just as pleasant. Maybe he should give that a try! it works for me as a runner/walker. You can tell he is a Townie lost in the countryside. I can imagine how upset this time waster will be if the river were to flood a little bit!
There is a path that runs parallel to this one a bit further inland from the river that is just as pleasant. Maybe he should give that a try! it works for me as a runner/walker. You can tell he is a Townie lost in the countryside. I can imagine how upset this time waster will be if the river were to flood a little bit! acjy1985
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10:56am Mon 12 Nov 12

Ivor'sbestfriend says...

acjy1985 wrote:
There is a path that runs parallel to this one a bit further inland from the river that is just as pleasant. Maybe he should give that a try! it works for me as a runner/walker. You can tell he is a Townie lost in the countryside. I can imagine how upset this time waster will be if the river were to flood a little bit!
I genuinely fear for his health if the river were to flood the footpath this year.
[quote][p][bold]acjy1985[/bold] wrote: There is a path that runs parallel to this one a bit further inland from the river that is just as pleasant. Maybe he should give that a try! it works for me as a runner/walker. You can tell he is a Townie lost in the countryside. I can imagine how upset this time waster will be if the river were to flood a little bit![/p][/quote]I genuinely fear for his health if the river were to flood the footpath this year. Ivor'sbestfriend
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11:17am Mon 12 Nov 12

Arcamo says...

James Pieslak - this must be a wind up ?
hahahahahahhahahahah
ahahaaa
James Pieslak - this must be a wind up ? hahahahahahhahahahah ahahaaa Arcamo
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11:42am Mon 12 Nov 12

acjy1985 says...

On a different note, I did a Halloween run which took in part of the Sonning to Reading path and it was ankle deep in mud and water in places. As this guy works in PR it is obvious he has coloured the truth to fit so he can blab to his Twitter friends about how powerful he is.
On a different note, I did a Halloween run which took in part of the Sonning to Reading path and it was ankle deep in mud and water in places. As this guy works in PR it is obvious he has coloured the truth to fit so he can blab to his Twitter friends about how powerful he is. acjy1985
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11:52am Mon 12 Nov 12

Gerry47 says...

A much more disgusting site along that path, is the amount of neatly bagged dog excrement , thrown into the bushes or hanging from branches.

I'm genuinely interested to hear from dog walkers why they do this, as surely if you've gone to the trouble of putting it in a bag then it's not much more trouble to carry it to the nearest bin.
A much more disgusting site along that path, is the amount of neatly bagged dog excrement , thrown into the bushes or hanging from branches. I'm genuinely interested to hear from dog walkers why they do this, as surely if you've gone to the trouble of putting it in a bag then it's not much more trouble to carry it to the nearest bin. Gerry47
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12:25pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Stalemate says...

What a plum this chap is.

Most runners would write-off such a route during the winter months anyway as it's pitch black before and after working hours!

There is a fantastic route to try that is free of mud, well lit and nearly always clear, just type "m40 hard shoulder" into your Garmin and off you go buddy!
What a plum this chap is. Most runners would write-off such a route during the winter months anyway as it's pitch black before and after working hours! There is a fantastic route to try that is free of mud, well lit and nearly always clear, just type "m40 hard shoulder" into your Garmin and off you go buddy! Stalemate
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1:27pm Mon 12 Nov 12

BOOKERite says...

Come on Mr. Pieslak, this is a path by the river, almost everywhere you walk in the countryside at this time of year will be muddy. I suggest that you get yourself a pair of wellies or find your nearest park and walk around that.

I would be extremely upset if the council spent some of my hard earned money on getting rid of a puddle.
Come on Mr. Pieslak, this is a path by the river, almost everywhere you walk in the countryside at this time of year will be muddy. I suggest that you get yourself a pair of wellies or find your nearest park and walk around that. I would be extremely upset if the council spent some of my hard earned money on getting rid of a puddle. BOOKERite
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1:40pm Mon 12 Nov 12

katodeza says...

Is this the only fault he can find with living in Marlow? There are lots more routes to run around - like the road to Reading.......
Is this the only fault he can find with living in Marlow? There are lots more routes to run around - like the road to Reading....... katodeza
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2:36pm Mon 12 Nov 12

J B Blackett says...

And watch out for the enormous steaming piles of goose poo all round the Hurley and Temple area. Life is so hazardous and disappointing in lots of ways in these times.
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And watch out for the enormous steaming piles of goose poo all round the Hurley and Temple area. Life is so hazardous and disappointing in lots of ways in these times. . J B Blackett
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2:50pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Amersham-Normal!! says...

One scathing complaint gets this kind of a response, in which case, why the hell is Ivor still allowed to blog!?
One scathing complaint gets this kind of a response, in which case, why the hell is Ivor still allowed to blog!? Amersham-Normal!!
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5:32pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Stalemate says...

Amersham Norman = Marlow Numpty
Amersham Norman = Marlow Numpty Stalemate
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7:14pm Mon 12 Nov 12

mossella6 says...

lay out the red carpet then lol
lay out the red carpet then lol mossella6
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7:27pm Tue 13 Nov 12

DonRockell says...

Welcome to country living -and thank goodness that they have stopped burning crops, muck spreading and we don't have any really big floods these days

Sorry but not everywhere is paved and covered in tarmac but then that's what we call towns and cities
Welcome to country living -and thank goodness that they have stopped burning crops, muck spreading and we don't have any really big floods these days Sorry but not everywhere is paved and covered in tarmac but then that's what we call towns and cities DonRockell
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12:26pm Mon 19 Nov 12

AJBartle says...

Such vitriol from anonymous internet warriors against a new resident who dares to request that a certain section of the town, that he loves incidentally, may need improvement. Wow! Not really sure where this anger comes from as he isn't exactly threatening your family is he?

The deputy mayor has also stated it needs looking at on safety grounds but that doesn't matter as much as venting fury at an "outsider with a funny foreign name" does it? Pathetic.
Such vitriol from anonymous internet warriors against a new resident who dares to request that a certain section of the town, that he loves incidentally, may need improvement. Wow! Not really sure where this anger comes from as he isn't exactly threatening your family is he? The deputy mayor has also stated it needs looking at on safety grounds but that doesn't matter as much as venting fury at an "outsider with a funny foreign name" does it? Pathetic. AJBartle
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12:38pm Mon 19 Nov 12

KLythgow says...

I'm fairly certain if this guy was called James Barrington-Dorcheste
r IV he'd experience much more support.

Welcome to Toryville James - its a local place for local people, we'll have no trouble here!
I'm fairly certain if this guy was called James Barrington-Dorcheste r IV he'd experience much more support. Welcome to Toryville James - its a local place for local people, we'll have no trouble here! KLythgow
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9:53pm Sun 25 Nov 12

DonRockell says...

AJBartle wrote:
Such vitriol from anonymous internet warriors against a new resident who dares to request that a certain section of the town, that he loves incidentally, may need improvement. Wow! Not really sure where this anger comes from as he isn't exactly threatening your family is he?

The deputy mayor has also stated it needs looking at on safety grounds but that doesn't matter as much as venting fury at an "outsider with a funny foreign name" does it? Pathetic.
No what we are saying is that complaint is pathetic and maybe some of us like it just the way it is thank you very much
[quote][p][bold]AJBartle[/bold] wrote: Such vitriol from anonymous internet warriors against a new resident who dares to request that a certain section of the town, that he loves incidentally, may need improvement. Wow! Not really sure where this anger comes from as he isn't exactly threatening your family is he? The deputy mayor has also stated it needs looking at on safety grounds but that doesn't matter as much as venting fury at an "outsider with a funny foreign name" does it? Pathetic.[/p][/quote]No what we are saying is that complaint is pathetic and maybe some of us like it just the way it is thank you very much DonRockell
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