We fight plan to sacrifice ancient Hertfordshire route1 min read

The ancient route at Cozens Grove, to the north-west of the section threatened with diversion.

The ancient route at Cozens Grove, to the north-west of the section threatened with diversion.

We are fighting plans to move an ancient route to make way for development at Broxbourne School in Hertfordshire.

Broxbourne School plans to demolish the old school and build a new academy, with 150 houses on the former school site. As part of the development it wants to divert the route of an old road, a drovers’ way, which runs in a direct line across the site. The options for the proposed diversion take people significantly out of their way, around three sides of a rectangle.

Says Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society: ‘The history of our landscape and people’s movements through the ages is written in our ancient public-path network. If the line of this path is moved around the edge of the development, an important part of Hertfordshire’s history will be lost, and walkers, riders and cyclists will be severely inconvenienced.’

The route is recorded as a restricted byway with rights for walkers, riders, pedal cyclists and horse and carriage.

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