Alan seeks successor as footpath war

PUBLISHED: 13:31 21 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:42 10 June 2010

A VACANCY has opened up for someone to take care of Colaton Raleigh s footpaths. Due to failing eyesight, current curator Alan Jones is stepping down from the role after 20 years.

A VACANCY has opened up for someone to take care of Colaton Raleigh's footpaths.

Due to failing eyesight, current curator Alan Jones is stepping down from the role after 20 years.

Now, he is on the lookout for a successor keen to take on the responsibility of monitoring the parish's 25km of footpaths.

Mr Jones said: "My sight is deteriorating and, before long, I will be unable to drive.

"Colaton Raleigh is a big parish. By the time I have reached the start of some of the paths on my pushbike, it is almost time to start back home.

"I will miss the job. I have been doing it for nearly 20 years.

"The job has called for quite a bit of thought and ingenuity.

"I get a kick out of looking at a path and remembering that it would be impassable were it not for work I have done."

The new footpath warden would be expected to liaise with councils, advise the public, be an enthusiastic walker and practical.

The successor would have to monitor the paths, report to the councils and negotiate with contractors, landowners and the county council.

For more information, or to apply, contact Alan Jones on (01395) 568339 or email alanjones@waitrose.com

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