So that we can see what work needs doing, I have today carried out a survey of the seats and here it is with the seats numbered in order starting from Mickleover.
Most of the seats just need a coat of wood preserver when they have dried out, but some are in a bad state and will need new timbers fitting.
Seat no.1 (nearest to Mickleover) is sound but needs graffiti painting over and complete paint.
Seat 5 has rot on back piece but otherwise sound. Needs painting.
Well that's it for the seats, but two other problems:-
One of the gate posts at Bonehill Gate has rotted at ground level and the two gates are holding up the post rather than the other way round.
Replacement of gateposts has traditionally been carried out by the DCC Rangers as it requires equipment and skills which we do not have (or have lost).
On one occasion the pedestrian gate was left open by persons unknown and two fat bellied cows (no not you girls!) tried to get through at once on their way to milking at Bearwardcote Farm. The 6" x 6" gatepost snapped off at ground level.
This could be dangerous to cyclists who are not looking where they are going.
This is between Heage Lane and Hepnall's Bridge.