We have just moved into our lovely new house and so far everyone else’s ‘world’ in the village hasn’t collapsed, suffered a ‘dire accident waiting to happen, been flooded because we are using more water or had foundations of their houses irreparably damaged by numerous building work lorries.
Just think, if it wasn’t for the BOAT modification order we wouldn’t have built a house and villagers would still have enjoyed a permissive footpath over the last eight years.
Well, it’s going to be nine years now, barring any unforeseen circumstances of course, as the enquiry is to be in February of 2022.
That’s mainly because all the parties concerned couldn’t agree on a date!…….doesn’t bode well for any future understanding, empathy or will to find solutions then!
And so we wait…….another nine months………
To Kate Ashbrook of Open Spaces, who has today put out more urban myths about those who are victims of footpath claims, I would say just one thing “ where is cuckoo land where those victims can ‘easily get diversions onto someone else’s land or farmers field?” ( especially if they only have a garden and not 250 acres to divert on to.)
And just for the record, all house purchasers certainly do NOT know when they bought their property that ‘ they have a public footpath’ through their land’. That is indeed the whole point about Historical claims based on an 1886 map showing nothing more than a track ( which is not likely to have been “public” anyway ) merely for the Vicar to get to church and pub or villagers to grab a shortcut to work.( they don’t count as “general public”!
According to Kate Ashbrook anyone who disagrees with her own party line is “a fly in the ointment”.
Any one sided argument or discussion where those holding one view do not consider or listen to the views of another’s is indeed a very dangerous precedent to set.