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The claimed footpath at Carlyon Bay, St Austell in Cornwall is at last being reopened, after being submerged by development. The society’s members Gloria and Peter Price have led the campaign to win back the path.
The Prices claimed the route, from Beach Road to the former Coliseum Building, for the official map of public paths in 2003 and it was at last confirmed as a public right of way on 2 December 2009. Since then, they have worked with Cornwall Council, the highway authority to get the path reopened. The council served an enforcement notice on the landowners, CEG Group Ltd, to reopen the illegally obstructed path.
The council’s enforcement officer has allowed the landowner until 1 February to reopen the path, and will reinspect the route then.
Says our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook: ‘It is a great achievement of the Prices and local people to have claimed this path for the map and now to get it opened up. It’s an important route to the coast, and soon will be enjoyed again by everyone. We are pleased that Cornwall Council’s enforcement officer has taken such resolute action in defence of the public interest’.