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Misleading Signs at Start of Ovington FP 1

Reported in the Footpaths/ Rights of way (usually not tarmac) category by Robert Whittaker at 20:14, Mon 14 July 2014

Sent to Norfolk County Council 1 minute later

I believe that Ovington FP 1 should run along a track heading north from the C134 here. However, the route is partially obstructed by intimidating gates, on which have been hung several signs and notices to the effect that the route is a "Private Road" and not a public right of way.

This was enough to put me off trying to use the route. But I checked on the NCC online Rights of Way map when I got home, and this does appear to be where the route should go. From the number of signs present, I assume that there is some sort of dispute involving the land owners as to the status of the route.

Nevertheless, my understanding is that if the route is depicted on the Definitive Map and Statement as a Right of Way, then that is definitive proof of the route's status, until such time as an order is made to amend the Map and Statement. Therefore, even if the route is disputed, if it appears properly on the Map and Statement, it is a public right of way, and may be used as such.

If this is the case, then I believe that the misleading signs should be removed. In addition, the council has a duty to install official signage indicating the route of the right of way where it leaves the Public Highway.

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  • Reference number 475897 assigned by council: highways/ search.aspx?id=475897

    Posted by Robert Whittaker at 09:30, Tue 12 August 2014

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 22:59, Tue 12 August 2014

  • At some point, the status on the online tracker has changed to "Considered. No action needed at present."

    I don't know if the signs are still present on the gates, but I'm still waiting for the council to reply to enquiry I made for more information on 24th September this year.

    Posted by Robert Whittaker at 18:12, Sat 6 December 2014

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 16:30, Sat 8 October 2016

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