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I understand that the Broads Authority have given 3 months notice to the landowner of the permissive path which links the riverside path from the Reedham Ferry Inn to Station Rd in Reedham. Presumably this means that the footpath will terminate at Brit House in Reedham so will become of no use whatsoever. Not only is this a much used link to the village from both the mooring and the campsite at Reedham Ferry but also part of the Wherryman's Way footpath.
I assume that the Wherryman's Way footpath will now be rerouted via Ferry Road to Reedham village.
Seems to me that since we became a "National Park" things are going downhill rapidly.

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Sounds a strange decision but I don't understand why the B.A. were involved in the first place surely footpaths and bye ways etc are the responsibility of the local Council?

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Does anyone have any links to the decisions involved here? I suspect there may be information in the minutes of the last Broads Local Access Forum meeting, but they are not on the website yet.

To pick up a couple of points:

  • The Broads Authority (or any other authority cannot close a permissive path, howeverr the landowner may do so at any time.
  • The authority may have negotiated with the landowner to arrange for a permissive path and there may be an agreement on terrms which the BA have given notice of withdrawal. That doesn't mean the path has to close but it may well lead the landowner to decide to close it. I have no idea if that is the case.

It's also worth noting that there is a problem of reduced funding to support access as noted in the Broads Local Access Forum Annual Report:

quote:"......
The forum faced the following challenges: • The reduction of funding for maintenance of Rights  of Way by local authorities generally • The withdrawal of funding for access agreements  in agri-environment schemes • The reduction in support from Natural England
......."

These are all outside the BA's control.

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Doubt its the BA closing  anything!!!

Lets just try and get a few facts before jumping down the BA's throat - as usual!!!! Wild assumptions and playing the blame game will not help the situation whatever is the truth.

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The BA make a payment to the landowner for the permitted path, they give notice and cancel the the agreement and the payments, almost certainly the landowner will close the permitted footpath unfortunately. Unfortunate but BA are short of cash so this will probably happen more and more. And I thought that being a National Park was going to increase funding.

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The only problem is D.D., the Broads aren't a National Park in anything but a totally bogus name, hence no additional funding.

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With all the funding cutbacks perhaps the time has come to drop the National Park bit, conservation, access, planning etc etc and just become a Harbour Authority

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Why would the landowner necessarily close the footpath. We have had six established this year in our village by landowners not renowned for their generosity of spirit . What's more nomoney or any other favours appear to have changed hands. Well done to them I say.

There is a chance the landowner will keep the path open just because it is a community asset and is the right thing to do.

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Dykedweller - I am not sure that the BA should pay for permissive footpaths. Well perhaps a token "peppercorn"!! Do you not think that the BA have greater priorities than to make such a payment to a landowner - perhaps the landowner concerned should forgo payment just so the public can enjoy the countryside and the paths. After all It would be nice to think that he would be pleased to share with others rather than exclude them???



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