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PROW NEWS - January 2022 UPDATES

1. Serious obstruction cleared as a result ofthe November Zoom meeting with KCC management

At this meeting I highlighted a couple of serious problems which had not been addressed. One of these (just beyond White Cliffs territory proper) was footpath CB375 in Upper Hardres parish. For the last two years or so it had been blocked by fallen trees and the like, but I'm very pleased to say that a very good job has been done just recently in removing all the problems.

For walk leaders this is excellent news, as this is a long path which connects onwards to other PROW at both ends - so a very useful link, quite apart from the fact that it is a very pleasant largely wooded walk.

CB375 runs from GR 165 501 at Lynsore Bottom on the back lane from Bridge and Pett Bottom through to Stelling Minnis, westwards through Bursted Wood, then past the junction with footpath CB374 and finally onto the road almost in Upper Hardres village (by "The Manor House") at GR 155 503.

2. Update on major local "projects"

- England Coast Path. The long-standing difficulty with the route along the edge of the North Foreland Golf Course at Kingsgate appears to have been resolved at long last. So the"enabling work"for this route should take place soon, after which the whole section from Ramsgate to Whitstable should be officially opened.

- Guston Inland Border Facility. Really nothing new to report. Construction is due to begin early this year. The partial temporary diversion of byway ER60 (the NDW) around the archaeological investigatory works was due to end about now.For any updates see the Guston Parish Council website or the "official" news at https://inlandborderfacilities.uk/?page_id=1231

- Little Mongeham Airfield proposal. Again, no "new news", and still no date has yet been set for the application to go before Dover DC Planning Committee.

3. Path change issues

Ripple footpath EE451(Hangman's Lane) - upgrading to bridleway status. But bringing with it the potential hazards of horses crossing the railway.

At the end of 2020, a number of us objected to the upgrading of this path, which runs from the Ripple-Martin road via the Hangmans Lane track to Ringwould Road, SW of Ringwould village. We objected on grounds of safety and the partial destruction (to obtain the legal width for a bridleway) of an historic green lane. Unfortunately and perversely our objections have been ruled irrelevant under the law which specifies precisely what an Inspector can and can't consider in such cases.

As a result we have reluctantly withdrawn our objections, since it is not impossible that we could be pursued for the costs involved in any face-to-face meeting chaired by an Inspector. But what we will do is to liaise closely with KCC (assuming the upgrading takes place) about sensible mitigation measures, including the minimising of any damage to the green lane.

Continued (long-term) "temporary"closure of SaltwoodHE345 -byway open to all traffic

The whole length of byway HE345, from Hythe Road at Pedlinge,(GR 135 357), south to the Aldington Road at GR 136 349, has now had its closureextended until January 2023, due to "surface problems".

No progress this month on the three disputed issues currently caught in the Planning Inspectorate's backlog, and waiting for an Inspector's decision:

- Woodnesborough EE226. This footpath runs south-west from the Sandwich bypass for more than ¾ mile to reach Foxborough Road south of Woodnesborough village. The order upgrades the route to bridleway status.

- Coldblow Woods, Ripple EE489. This creation order will provide new footpathsinside the NE, SE and NW edges of the Woods, situated between Walmer station and Ripple Mill.

- Eastry EE490. Creation of a new 200 yard bridleway from Monkeys Hill (Middle Heronden Farm) SE to Thornton Lane, in the area SW of the main village.

For more details of these and any other PROW issues, please contact Roger King on 01304 362730, or by email at roger.rambler89@outlook.com

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