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Council gate plan opposed

Posted 12 April 2011
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Council gate plan opposed
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Those keen to go walking on public footpaths in Berkshire may be keen to hear of an objection being lodged by the Open Spaces Society (OSS) against a council move to put a padlocked gate across a footpath.

Windsor and Maidenhead Council wants to alleygate a path between fences in Cox Green on the basis that it is the scene of anti-social behaviour, but this will leave walkers taking alternatives that are longer and exposed to traffic.

OSS general secretary Kate Ashbrook said: "We object most strongly to the gating of this path, which will privatise a public highway and encourage adjoining householders to treat it as their own land."

A gate has already been installed and padlocked, which Ms Ashbrook said is illegal.

The OSS recently announced the appointment of a new local correspondent to monitor developments in the Rhonnday Cynon Taff area if south Wales.

Jay Kynch is a former Swansea University lecturer and has already successfully campaigned to stop a route to the top of Garth Mountain being barred to horse riders and those on mountain bikes.