Things are just starting to get going again at KCC Maidstone, so some new issues to report at last…

Minor diversion of Denton with Wootton footpath ER104 confirmed

Diverted at the point (GR 222 542) where the footpath from Selsted(HE174) crosses the lane running south from Wootton villagebefore heading on NE as ER104 towards Park Side Farm. The new route leaves the lane some 30 yards north of the existing path.

Creation of new footpath HM345 by the Ship Inn, Dymchurch, confirmed

A new 100-yard link path from the main A259 opposite the Parish Church, passing just south of the Ship Inn, to join with footpath HM149 which leads to the sea wall. Apparently this claim was accelerated in case building took place on part of the land.

Temporary closure of SaltwoodHE345 -byway open to all traffic

The whole length of byway HE345, from the main A261 Hythe Road at Pedlinge, south to the minor Aldington Road, has had its temporary closure extended by at least another six months until January 2021.This is due to the damaged surface of the byway, and the closure may possibly be extended again.

Temporary closure of Sandwich ES10 - byway open to all traffic

The whole length of byway ES10, from St. Bart's Road to Woodnesborough Road, is also closed until January 2021. This is due to "works", which I assume refers to the house building in that area. The only alternative route is via the two roads mentioned above.

Meanwhile, still live.. (recapitulation of the list in my May update)

Sutton & Ripple footpaths EE427 and EE451

claimed upgrading to bridleway status. Runs via Winkland Oaks and across the railway(!) towards Ringwould.

Middle Heronden to Pike Road, Venson, in Eastry parish.

Claim of a new route of bridleway status.

Hythe High Street.

Claim of a new 60-yard footpath running south from the mid-point of the High Street to Prospect Road.

Coldblow Woods, Ripple

"Consultation" here resulted in the Planning Inspectorate's instruction to KCC to make creation orders for three new footpaths inside these woods.

Orders made, but not yet confirmed (or rejected)

Goodnestone EE488

This order would see a long, strategically-important bridleway created, running east from Knowlton Court, along Black Lane, and as far as the A256 south of Eastry. This issue currently being decided by the Planning Inspectorate on the basis of all parties' written representations.

Goodnestone EE487

A revised order has been made to create a footpath south from Knowlton Court to its junction with the Chillenden to Elvington road.

Sandgate HF8/HF56

Minor diversions here would essentially take account of the unavoidable rerouting due to approved new building off Military Road.

Capel ER171

Another diversion due to approved development at Tumble Tye Farm, where the path will rerouted further east.

Kingsdown ER273

This order would move the path (just west of East Bottom Farm) out of a horse paddock onto an adjacent enclosed path already in use. Perhaps surprisingly, two objections were received, so the matter is being decided by the Planning Inspectorate on written representations.

Birchington TM35/35A

Although all parties were agreed on this 2018 order's aim to take routes out of Great Brooksend Farm and reroute them on a "hard path" further east, the order has not been confirmed since the "hard path" has still not been created. The landowner blamed this year's "wet winter" but still intends to go ahead.

And finally…..

for more details of these and any other PROW issues, please contact Roger King on 01304 362730, or by email at

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