Riders’ concern over footpath plan
HORSE-RIDERS are unhappy about proposed changes to a footpath in Porthcawl.
A section of Footpath 17, which is accessed from The Burrows, Newton, needs to be moved after planning permission was given for a house to be built on it.
The length of the footpath to be diverted is around 55 metres and the proposal involves moving it from one side of an area of open ground to the other. The distance separating the existing footpath and the proposed alternative is around 11 metres.
However, the British Horse Society is objecting to the plans, saying it is not being treated fairly.
The society has previously submitted two orders for the section of existing path to become a bridleway.
And Rights of Way officers point out that three years before the current application to divert the footpath was received Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) made the decision to upgrade Footpath 17 to a bridleway. But it never happened due to “resource issues” within the council.
Before any changes to a path are finalised the order has to be advertised and if any objections are received the order has to be determined by an inspector appointed by the Welsh Government.
Officers said that, having now recently published the relevant orders for the proposed upgrade to a bridleway on the existing pathway, they had received numerous objections from members of the public.
In a report going before councillors at a BCBC rights of way sub-committee today, officers said that if councillors approved the footpath diversion they could create a separate order for a bridleway over the new footpath.
A section of Footpath 17 which is accessed from The Burrows needs to be moved after planning permission was given for a house to be built on it