10:34AM, Sunday 18 August 2013
Members of the East Berkshire Ramblers' Group have called for the 'missing link' in the Thames path in Maidenhead to be reinstated on the council tax participatory form.
The council tax 'your choice' voting slip allows Royal Borough residents to choose how £225,000 should be spent - but the missing link has been removed as an option, despite being a popular choice for the past two years.
Margaret Bowdery, president of the ramblers, has been campaigning for the completion of the public right of way, which follows the waterway for 184 miles from London to the Cotswolds, since the 1990s.
The 'missing link' is a 17 metre section of the river bank in Maidenhead which is blocked by fenced properties, forcing walkers into the busy Ray Mead Road.
Cllr Geoff Hill (Con, Oldfield) has moved to reassure the East Berkshire Ramblers' Group that the disappearance of the missing link from the form appears to be an administrative error which will be amended in future editions.
He added that Royal Borough are still highly committed to the completion of the Thames Path.