To consider a report from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure
A report was considered from the Acting Executive Director – Economy and Infrastructure regarding Highways Act 1980 Section 119 - Application to Divert Public Footpath no 501018 Parish of Aldingham: District of South Lakeland.
Members were informed by the Countryside Access Officer that an application had been received to divert a section of public footpath in 501018 at Moat Scar in the parish of Aldingham, District of South Lakeland. He showed a map, and an aerial photograph of the site and the existing boundary crossings. He provided the historical background to the application. He explained the outcome of the consultation process and was satisfied that the diversion was not less convenient than the current route. He recommended that the diversion be made.
A member asked whether the footpath would be subject to erosion as it would be closer to the cliff. The Countryside Access Officer advised that historical maps had been reviewed and there had been very little erosion over the years however, the landowner would place rocks at the bottom of the cliff.
A member reported on the historical settlement of Aldingham and welcomed that the footpath would be moved nearer the castle site. Members considered that walkers may use historical stiles in the area and queried whether cyclists would be encouraged to ride the footpath given the widened gates. The Countryside Access Officer stated that the routes would be way marked, diversion routes would be publicised and cycling the route would be classed as trespassing which was a matter for the landowner.
It was moved by Mr McGuckin and seconded by Mr Fisher that the section of footpath no 501018 as shown in the appendix to the report, be diverted and that all necessary action be taken to confirm the order. Following a unanimous vote in favour of the motion, it was
RESOLVED that, pursuant to the power set out at Part 2G paragraph 2.1(g) (iii) of the Council’s Constitution, an order be made under Section 119 of the Highways Act 1980 to divert that section of public footpath no 501018 in the parish of Aldingham shown A-B to a new route A-C-D-E-B as shown on the plan at Appendix A and that all necessary action be taken to confirm the order.