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Imagine you are going for a walk in 11 years' time. You turn into your favourite path and it's blocked- closed forever................ read on............
That's the prospect because in 2026 any path or bridleway which existed before 1949 which is not shown on the definitive map of rights of way held by East Sussex Council will cease to be a right of way- probably for ever. When the list of rights of way was drawn up then everybody knew that it was not complete, so time was allowed to add further paths to the list. But in many areas no one bothered to check these out because no deadline had been set.
But now the Countryside and Rights of Way Act has decreed that that time runs out at the end of 2025 and we need to make sure that every right of way that existed before 1949 IS registered on the council's definitive map by that time. Experts reckon that a typical parish has 3-5 unregistered routes.
You can see the paths that ARE on the register of rights of way at http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/leisureandtourism/countryside/rightsofway/rightsofwaymap/map.aspx
Many of the unregistered routes are very well used at the moment, but could easily be lost. You will know how keen developers are to seize every available bit of land . Others have fallen out of use but are still rights of way
I am setting up a group of people in East Sussex, which so far includes members of the Ramblers, the Open Spaces Society and The Mid Sussex Bridleways Group, to research these routes.
We need to identify unregistered routes, and then we must show that the route was used as a highway for pedestrians, horses or other traffic, for a significant period in the past prior to 1949 and that it has not been stopped up. This involves going through Turnpike records, inclosure records, early road order, stopping up orders, Farm survey records etc.
Parish council members can be of great help in identifying rights of way that are not on the map and it may also be that you have people who are keen on researching the history of the area.
Can you help us with our project? Offers of help from councils or individuals are welcome.
If so, or if you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me, without obligation.
NATIONAL PATH SURVEY
You may also be interested to know that the Ramblers are carrying out a survey of the condition of all existing rights of way in England. We are asking people to walk each kilometre square on the ordnance survey map and report on its condition. You do not need to be a member of the Ramblers to take part. Full details at http://www.ramblers.org.uk/bigpathwatch
Ramblers Sussex parish footpath secretary for Arlington, Lewes and St Anne Without
12 Cleve Terrace, Lewes, BN7 1JJ
Read the latest article by the Chairman of the Parish Council................
As is customary there was no meeting of the Parish Council in August with the next meeting (after I write this) on 15th September. Apart from routine agenda matters we hope to make further progress on the issues of road safety and speed limits I have referred to previously and in particular the B2026 and Nether Lane, Nutley. In the meantime Stage 1 of the Maresfield Traffic Plan should have been completed including the 20mph speed limit on School Hill and various works on the Straight Half Mile and hopefully also at the Batts Bridge Roundabout.
At a meeting of the Council's Planning Committee in early September the Committee recommended approval of the latest planning application for a 3 bed- roomed house to replace the fire damaged Old Bakery in the middle of Nutley High Street. The Committee was particularly impressed with the ingenious design, on a very restricted site, which it felt would complement neighbouring properties and that the original bakers ovens and stove would be refurbished and retained as a feature of the new dwelling. The plans can be viewed on the WDC planning portal under reference WD/2014/2167/F.
Imagine you are going for a walk in 11 years' time. You turn into your favourite path and it's blocked - closed forever.
That's the prospect because in 2026 any path or bridleway which existed before 1949 which is not shown on the definitive map of rights of way held by East Sussex Council will cease to be a right of way - probably for ever. When the list of rights of way was drawn up everybody knew that it was not complete, so time was allowed to add further paths to the list. But in many areas no one bothered to check these out because no deadline had then been set.
Parishioners can be of great help in identifying rights of way that are not on the map. For further information please go to the News Item on the Parish web site at http://www.maresfieldparish.org.uk
As I reported in my last newsletter Superfast Broadband is now a reality for many parts of our Parish - please contact your Internet Service Provider for further information.
Parish Councillors were saddened to hear that Peter Royall passed away in August. Peter was a Parish Councillor for over 15 years until 2002 and on behalf of the Parish Council I would like to express condolences to his family. Councillor Ken Ogden remembers Peter well, particularly that Peter's warm flow of concern and kindness to all residents was infectious and that he was always there for a chat or advice.
I make no apologies for the usual reminder that we still have vacancies for Councillors on the Parish Council and the Clerk and I would welcome enquiries from anyone who would like to know more about how they might fulfil this valued community role.
Lastly, please do look at the Council's web site - www.maresfieldparish.org.uk - which records information about the Council, its members and numerous documents including minutes of Council and Committee meetings. Please look at the homepage and complete the short form so that we can send our newsletter directly to you by email together with occasional alerts and announcements.
Martin Craddock - Chairman of Maresfield Parish Council
Wednesday 7 October - from 10:30-15:30 at Barnsgate Manor Vineyard TN22 4DB
The annual Barnsgate fair is a fantastic day out and offers the opportunity to pick up some early Christmas presents while supporting NSPCC's work with children across the UK.
Entrance £2.50 * Refreshments available * Ample parking