Brookmans Park Newsletter
|Return to Front
Footpath closure concerns raised
Is there a danger some footpaths will disappear following the foot-and-mouth outbreak? The issue is being debated in the 'Have Your Say' section.
Hertfordshire County Council has been opening local footpaths and bridleways at the rate of 50 a day since restrictions were eased – but there are still many no-go areas across the region.
Recently Hertfordshire invited the public to inform the council if they thought a path should be considered for re-opening.
Now a number of messages to this site's 'Have Your Say' section raise concerns about whether some paths might never re-open. If a path is not used for a certain period they cease to be considered a right-of-way.
One correspondent said that he had tried to walk the bridleway from North Mymms Church to South Mimms three weekends running only to find it cordoned off.
He questioned whether there was a valid reason for the route to remain closed.
Another correspondent suggested that some landowners have, in the past, tried to illegally block footpaths.
“I can well imagine a number of these landowners hope that if footpaths are closed for long enough they will fall into disuse, in which case they can apply for them to be closed for good. When the footpaths reopen we must ensure they continue to be used. If not, there is a risk that a freedom to enjoy open space, which has existed for generations, will be lost,” he wrote.
Another said there is no evidence to suggest walkers have spread foot-and-mouth and suggested some farmers are colluding to keep foot paths closed for as long as they can.
May 30, 2001
Back to TopReturn to Front