John Harker, Alfreton Footpath Inspector
This article is from Signpost 60, Summer 2019
I am the inspector for Alfreton and I recently reported this stile in the Amber Valley district of Derbyshire after walking FP71 on 29 March 2019. The stile was on a footpath added to the Definitive Map about two years ago based on user evidence by locals. Was this stile a legitimate limitation on the public use of this footpath at the time of dedication? Is it recorded as such in the Schedule Part 2 of the confirmed DMMO? If not, if it post dates the Order, then it is an illegal structure on the highway and needs removing. It is superfluous as there are no livestock issues here. If it is authorised in some way, it needs replacing with a BS5709 compliant gate.
On 3 April I received an email from Patrick Mountain, the County Council's Rights of Way Officer who covers this area. He agreed with me that the stile is superfluous and it has already been removed! Not bad.
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