Brendan Clegg, our local correspondent for Wealden District in East Sussex, has won a five-metre width on a footpath at Mayfield.
The county council promoted a plan to move the path, but proposed that the new route had a width of only two and a half metres. Brendan argued that this was insufficient, particularly if two people wished to pass each other or the landowner decided to fence the path in. In this case the new path is also close to a river. He argued instead for a width of five metres with the path moved slightly away from the river to avoid extensive groundworks. After some correspondence the council agreed.
Says Brendan: ‘East Sussex County Council has a default position of making diverted paths two and a half metres wide, which can make public passage difficult. Recently Hartfield footpath 28a was fenced in at two metres, which is insufficient for public enjoyment.
‘The society is arguing for greater widths on all diversion proposals, and we hope the council will take note.’