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The blocked Buxton with Lammas footpath 1 has been reopened. The path, which runs past the Tudor mansion Hautbois Hall, had been blocked to a narrow width with fences and gates. We lobbied Norfolk County Council to reopen it and now this has been done.
In 2010 the society complained that the path was blocked and Norfolk County Council took enforcement action to ensure it was reopened. Six years later it was blocked again and the county council once more threatened legal action to secure its reopening.
Says Ian Witham, our local correspondent who had pressed the county to act: ‘It is astonishing that the owners of Hautbois Hall should block the path again after being severely reprimanded only six years ago. We are delighted that Norfolk County Council asserted the public’s right to use and enjoy the full width of this path and once again threatened legal action.
‘The path is now reopened for all to enjoy, and we trust that the owners have learnt their lesson and will keep the path clear.’