Campaigners protesting against work being carried out to a picturesque right of way are taking their protest further.

The £30,000 scheme involves 500 tonnes of recycled road  surface being laid on Cuckoo  Lane in Little Neston, said to  be the prettiest path on the Wirral.

Outrage at the effect on the character of the ancient way, believed to be up to 700 years old, erupted when contractors and their equipment appeared before Christmas.

Activist Geoff Holland, a footpaths officer for Wirral  Footpaths and Open Space  Preservation Society, immediately contacted the borough council to say he was ‘extremely concerned’ about the  work.

Residents, including protest organiser Geoff Holland, left, partway down the footpath of Cuckoo Lane in Little Neston
Residents, including protest organiser Geoff Holland, left, partway down the footpath of Cuckoo Lane in Little Neston
 

Little Neston and Burton  borough councillor Kay Loch  (Con), who is the borough’s  rights of way chairman, believes the new surface will be a  ‘substantial improvement’.

The council points out it has a duty to maintain rights of way to a reasonable standard for users.

Activist and author Anthony Annakin-Smith has requested  to speak at a meeting of the  borough’s executive on Wednesday, January 8, at HQ in Chester to raise the concerns of objectors.

“I'd welcome one or two others who also feel passionately,”  he says.

“Even if you don’t want to  speak please, please come  along.

“I want to make the borough council realise that this issue  really matters to local  people.”

The meeting starts at 5.30pm.

He describes a decision by the mayor of Neston, Cllr Tom  Marlow, to call an extraordinary meeting of the town council to consider the issue on  Friday (January 10) as ‘very  welcome’.

“ I hope everyone will attend,” says Mr Annakin-Smith.

Councillors are due to decide  a response to the concerns.

The Friday meeting, at 6pm in Neston Town Hall, includes up to 30 minutes of public speaking.