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Ramblers in footpath victory

Posted 10 February 2010
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Ramblers in footpath victory
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Those keen to go walking along a well-established footpath in East Sussex can now do so after the Ramblers won a victory in a public enquiry to make it a public right of way.

Marking its triumph over the issue of the path across the 11th Earl de la Warr's Buckhurst Estate in the village of Withyham, the body noted that its success partly came thanks to an affidavit sent from a former village resident who now lives in Canada.

The 70-year-old Montreal resident revealed that she had used the path - which runs between the village and the 14th Century St Michael and All Angels church - as long ago as the 1930s.

Others testified to many years of use of the path, including as access to the church for services.

The dispute arose a decade ago when the path was blocked by the estate with a barbed wire fence and a "private" sign.

Victory in the dispute follows another recent success for the Ramblers, when a route along an old railway line between Boosbeck and Slapewath in North Yorkshire was declared a public right of way by a government inspector, overturning an earlier decision in 2004.

Posted by Elaine Arthur