Gates all round

Thanks to the efforts of Turville residents who lobbied Buckinghamshire County Council, the highway authority, there is now a gate replacing the unlawful ‘stile‘ on Hambleden footpath 50.

Gate 2 FP50

New gate on Hambleden footpath 50

There are also gates in the gaps on Hambleden footpath 49.

Gate FP49

Gates filling the gaps on Hambleden footpath 49

These are pleasant wooden gates (so much nicer than the metal ones supplied by the county council).  However, we still do not know whether the owners have consent, under section 147 of the Highways Act 1980, for these structures on the paths.  The county council is investigating.


About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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2 Responses to Gates all round

  1. Roger Johnson says:

    If it’s a public footpath (not bridleway) why was a stile considered unacceptable anyway?

    • There was a gap there before and if this is the first time a structure was installed there, it needs consent from highway authority under s147 of the Highways Act 1980 otherwise it’s an illegal obstruction. Also that stile did not comply with British Standard 5709, no handrail and v difficult for dog walkers. The gate is much better though may still need s147 consent.

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