Landowners Give 31 March for Deadline to Close Thames Path Diversion

The Schwarzenbach family who kindly offered a diversion across their land in May 2022 when the EA closed the Marsh Lock footbridge to safety issue have today given the EA notice that the diversion will close on 31 March 2024.

In December 2022 the family gave notice to the EA that they would close the diversion on 1 April 2023 and then agreed to extend it.

Only on Wednesday (7 February), we ask the Landowners for an update on their position with Estate Manager, Alex Dick of Culden Faw saying “The owners of the land gave a temporary diversion in good faith and in the expectation that Government organisations would have the ability and willingness to get this issue resolved quickly. Clearly that is not the case and perhaps that is because a temporary solution was given so the EA and others are taking the easy option and pushing it to the bottom of the ‘to do’ list.”

“As a result, we are considering withdrawing access to the temporary diversion as this whole debacle has gone on for far too long.”

Alex added today, “It is a shame that nearly two years after the footpath was closed nothing has happened. Perhaps the closure of the temporary diversion might focus people’s attention on this issue and force those who can do something about it to do it.”

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