Retaining right of way to a local footpath (Re HSM)

Paul represented a Local Authority in a footpath inquiry involving access across private land owned by a wild fowl conservation (shooting) club.

Local walkers had historically used the footpath as it joined two other paths approximately ¾ mile apart to create a circular walk. They asked the Local Authority to take action when the shooting club made an attempt to block access to the path which the walkers perceived as threatening.

Paul’s representation resulted in the footpath being confirmed.