Watercress Walk Update from Wiltshire Council
WILTSHIRE COUNCIL NOTICE OF MAKING AN ORDER SECTION 53 WILDLIFE AND COUNTRYSIDE ACT 1981 DEFINITIVE MAP AND STATEMENT FOR WARMINSTER AND WESTBURY RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL AREA 1953- THE WILTSHIRE COUNCIL (PARISH OF BRATTON) PATH NO.42 AND (PARISH OF EDINGTON) PATH
NO.36 DEFINITIVE MAP AND STATEMENT MODIFICATION ORDER 2017
The above order made 4 July 2017, if confirmed as made, will modify the definitive map and statement for the area by adding to them the footpath at OS Grid Reference ST 9205-5204, at its junction with lmber Road, leading in a broadly east-north-easterly direction for approximately 165 metres where the path crosses onto a raised walkway over the watercourse to the Edington/Bratton parish boundary at OS Grid Reference ST 9223-5205. At the end of the raised walkway the path then leads in a southerly direction following a well-defined track crossing back over the Edington/Bratton parish boundary at OS Gird Reference ST 9230-5200. Continuing in a broadly southerly direction for approximately 225 metres to OS Grid Reference ST 9229-5179 where the path turns in a broadly north westerly direction uphill for approximately 94 metres to its junction with Imber Road, at OS Grid Reference ST 9222-5184. The path will have a recorded width of 1.5 metres for the entirety of the path except the raised walkway at the Edington/ Bratton parish boundary which will have a recorded width of 1 metre.
A copy of the order and map may be seen free of charge at Rights of Way and Countryside, Waste and Environment, Wiltshire Council, Unit 9, Ascot Court, White Horse Business Park, Trowbridge, BAI4 0XA, from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Copies may be bought there for £5. Any representation or objection relating to the order must be sent in writing to Craig Harlow, Rights of Way Officer, at Rights of Way and Countryside, Waste and Environment, Wiltshire Council, Unit 9, Ascot Court, White Horse Business Park, Trowbridge, BAI4 0XA, quoting ref no.2016/08, not later than 5pm on 25 August 2017 and applicants are requested to state the grounds on which it is made. If no representations or objections are duly made to the order, or to any part of it, or if any so made are withdrawn, the Wiltshire Council, instead of submitting the order to the Secretary of State, (or part of it if the authority has by notice to the Secretary of State so elected under paragraph 5 of Schedule 15 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981) may itself confirm the order (or that part of the order). If the order is submitted to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in whole or in part, any representations or objections which have been duly made and not withdrawn will be sent with it. 5 July 2017.
"Wiltshire Council Rights of Way Team have recommended that the path leading through Luccombe Mill (the Watercress) and Wessex Water land be designated a Public Right of Way. Thanks to all witnesses and supporters who helped achieve this excellent result. The next stage is for the Council to put a Public Notice in the Wiltshire Times to see if anyone wants to object within a period of 42 days. Signs will be out on either entrance to the path (by the end of June) but the path will not be opened until a final determination has been made. If objections are received the application will be sent to the Secretary of State.
I will keep you informed.
Philip Workman and Katherine Beaumont"
"The application is still being considered. The significant volume of evidence in this case to evaluate is and will take some more time to examine so that the council can make a fully informed decision. I understand this may be frustrating, unfortunately with the workload and staff resource available to our department the average time taken to see a DMMO through to completion is currently 12-18 months. In this case I would hope we can make an initial decision in the next few months and then see if we receive objections to the decision either way. I can inform you the landowner of Luccombe Mill has put forward an initial objection to the application at this stage before we have made a decision on the case. Also Wessex Water has declared a neutral stance to the application at this stage. Once a decision is made we will inform all the interested parties, this includes all the witnesses that have submitted a form.
Rights of Way Warden
The application to have the Watercress Walk through Luccombe Mill and the Wessex Water path designated as a Right of Way was submitted to Wiltshire Council Rights of Way Team, along with 81 witnesses statements, on 3 October 2016. So thanks to everyone who is supporting this.
The Parish Council has also written in with a letter of support. The Council Case Officer has given a cut-off date of 25th November 2016 for any further evidence, so if anyone has any evidence of any kind please let Phil Workman or Katherine Beaumont know.
The Case Officer has indicated that a decision may be made in December or January 2017 but that is followed by a 6 week period for objections if the application is successful. I will update you further on the next stage if the council passes the application and objections are made.