Nottinghamshire County Council’s Consideration Of Rights Of Way Issues In Nottinghamshire Is Not Fit For Purpose

Stan Heptinstall 2 (1)Councillor Stan Heptinstall writes: County Councillors are able to give a short speech at the meetings of the County Council on constituency matters, and the text of the speech I delivered yesterday is reproduced below:

Colleagues

Our consideration of Rights of Way issues in Nottinghamshire is not fit for purpose. We have a situation in Bramcote where a long-established Right of Way has been closed. The Right of Way is on Moss Drive in Bramcote. The closure has the effect of denying pedestrian access to a scout camp and other parts of Bramcote that local people like to visit.

Literally hundreds of people have protested and have filled in the Rights of Way forms confirming that the route has been used consistently for many, many years. Our MP has also written to the County Council asking for action. But we are told that the current capacity of the County Council for dealing with Rights of Way issues is such that it will take many years before this matter can be dealt with. In the meantime, many people are being inconvenienced.

There is also a safety issue. When the owners were requested to open the way to ensure emergency access to a firework display on the scout campsite on November 5th this year, the owners refused to do so. This was despite some 3000 people attending the event.

Please, please, can we find a way of dealing with this issue more rapidly?

Stan Heptinstall

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5 Responses to Nottinghamshire County Council’s Consideration Of Rights Of Way Issues In Nottinghamshire Is Not Fit For Purpose

  1. Martin Plackett. Cllr Bramcote Ward B BC says:

    Excellent piece to the County Council yesterday Stan. As a Bramcote born resident and having walked this route to Bluebell Woods since enrolling as a member of 2nd Bramcote Scouts, (some few years ago) I along with Bramcote Conservation Society are grateful for your efforts to re establish this Right of Way.
    We must continue our efforts to seek a solution as soon as possible As Stan suggests an accident at the bonfire without access from Moss Drive could have had serious consequences. I would urge the Directors of Lawns Company to reconsider their actions!

  2. Steve Carr says:

    And after Stan delivered his excellent speech, the Chief Executive made a beeline for him armed with pen and paper!

  3. RichHartman says:

    “The closure has the effect of denying pedestrian access to a scout camp” – but pedestrian access can be achieved from Common Lane.
    Astounding that it will take Notts County 3 years to deal with the matter – is this because of staffing cutbacks over the years or because the county politicians have decided footpaths are not a priority?

  4. Steve Carr says:

    To be honest Rich, a bit of all of those. However, it took senior officers by surprise and they were clearly rattled.

  5. Cllr Martin Plackett Bramcote Ward BBC says:

    Thanks again Steve,and Stan, keep up the pressure on the County Council. So important to open up access to the woods from Moss Drive. Martin

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