Rid­ers’ con­cern over foot­path plan

Glamorgan Gazette - - Brassbandnotes -

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

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