PROW - NOVEM PATH UPDATES
Diversion order confirmed for bridleway EE218A at Poulton Farm, Hougham - at last a legal connection from south to north
I first discovered back in 1985 that in fact there was no legal (i.e. PROW) connection between Poulton Farm itself (by the banger racing track) and footpath ER189 a little to the north. Now, at long last, the diversion of bridleway ER218A to the north of some approved new development at the farm creates that connection, whilst maintaining the east-west route through the farm area. The importance of the new route is that it provides - via footpath ER189 - direct onward connections north-westwards to Alkham village, and north-eastwards to St Radigund's Abbey. A major benefit to walkers
Creation confirmed - new footpath HF69, off Sandgate High Street
KCC have just confirmed the definitive status of this path, whose route was already thereon the ground. It runs from just off the High Street, cutting off the corner of Undercliffe as it heads north. Then on past Bybrook House, passing east of the Martello Tower, to finish on Military Road - some 350 yards in total. A useful addition to PROW in that area.
Walmer ED36/ED58 - extended temporary closure through the new development off Station Road, Walmer
Footpath ED36 runs from Station Road, Walmer,directly SW to Cold Blow Crossing. Like bridleway ED58, which runs south from Mayers Road,it is subject to a diversion order as yet unconfirmed, as a result of building the new houses.Meanwhile, ED36 is currently closed under a Traffic Regulation Order while the work is taking place - and the closure has just been extended to December 2022! Happily, although ED58 may also be subject to short periods of closure, it will normally remain open
Evidence sought to support a claim for a new bridleway between Ringlemere Farm, Woodnesborough and Sandwich Road, Hammill
The British Horse Society are seeking evidence to back a claim for a new bridleway of just under a mile between Ringlemere Farm on the main Eastry to Staple road (GR 296 567), and Sandwich Road, Hammill, en route to Nonington (GR 290 559). The northern half of this route as far as the pumping station on bridleway EE201 (GR 293 561) is a well-defined track, but the remainder is not so clear on the ground. If you would like to see more documents, or have used this route on your walks, then do please get in touch with me.
houses to be built on the North Downs Way at Shepherdswell?
The local community has become aware of what appears to be a proposal to build some 80 new houses in the area east and north-east of the village Recreation Ground. The North Downs Way runs through this area as it drops down towards the Eythorne Road. A local group is being formed to oppose the development, and more information will no doubt be available after its first meetings.
Meanwhile (issues referred to in previous updates)
Meanwhile the two claimed new routes near Knowlton Court, plus those at Coldblow Woods, Ripple; also the proposed diversions at TumbleTye, Capel;Barville Road, Tilmanstone;Kingsdown (ER273)and Great Brooksend, Birchington, all remain live, but there is no "new news" on them this month.
For more details of these and any other PROW issues, please contact Roger King on 01304 362730, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.