Temporary closures of public rights of way
Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 allows for the temporary closure of a Public Right of Way on the grounds of public safety to enable the applicant to carry out works. Following application, an order is made and advertised to close a route for a specified period, initially for up to six months (although this may be extended). Where possible an alternative route is identified for users and described in the notice erected at either end of the closed route.
To make an application for a temporary closure read the guidance note PGN 21 and download the application form - links available to both documents in the related information section on this page.
The following is a list of current temporary closures:
- FP 41 (pt) Wistanstow, the level crossing which carries Footpath 41, (approximately 10 metres) crossing the railway from grid reference SO4383 8638 to grid reference SO4385 8639 will be prohibited with effect from 1 September 2017 for six months on the grounds of public safety and to allow the re-siting and re-positioning of whistle boards to make the crossing safe. There is no alternative route in the immediate vicinity.
- Footpath 50, Wistanstow where it crosses the railway between Wistanstow and Craven Arms (from GR SO4301 8389 to SO4303 8389) will be prohibited with immediate effect from 13 December 2017 for six months on the grounds of public safety whilst Network Rail investigate alternative arrangements for the footpath crossing of the railway. The only alternative route available is using the local road network along Long Lane, the footway alongside the A49 and the road to Cheney Longville.
- FP 11 Great Ness
That part of Footpath 11 where it leaves the County Road opposite The Crescent in Nesscliffe from Grid Reference SJ 3812 1956 running approximately 85 metres south westerly to SJ 3804 1953 from 2 January 2018 until 2 July 2018 on the grounds of public safety to allow development of a building site to commence. An alternative path of approximately 100 metres in length is available following the perimeter of the development site parallel to and slightly to the north of the definitive footpath
- FP 43 Baschurch
That part of Footpath 43 where it leaves Shrewsbury Road in Baschurch (GR 4257 2135) running westerly then northerly for approximately 240 metres through a development site to a stile in the site boundary (GR 4248 2152) from 19 February 2018 until 19 August 2018 on the grounds of public safety during development of the site. An alternative route is available using the pavement along Shrewsbury Road running northerly turning left to run along the pavement along Nobold and vice versa.
- FP 45/46/47 Mile Bank Whitchurch
Footpath 46 where it leaves Mile Bank Road at SJ 5522 4309 and enters a former dairy factory site running south easterly for 75 metres to SJ 5526 4303 to meet Footpath 45 which continues south westerly for 430 metres to SJ 5516 4263 at a junction with Footpath 50; and also Footpath 47 which leaves Footpath 45 to run north easterly for 250 metres to a junction with Bridleway 51 and Footpath 48 at SJ 5546 3419 from 1 January 2018 for six months to allow the site to be secured and demolition work to take place at a former dairy factory where buildings are vacant and derelict, prior to re-development of the site. An alternative route is available off Mile Bank Road at SJ 5538 4327 using Bridleway 51/50 and Footpath 50 just south of the site.
- FP 44 Milson
That part of Footpath 44, Milson, from GR SO 6252 7368 running generally north easterly from Linley Farm to a bridge over Mill brook which is unsafe for users at GR SO 6305 7397 and then continuing to its junction with Footpath 14 at GR 6320 7406; a distance of approximately 795 metres with immediate effect from 6 March 2018 for six months on the grounds of public safety due to a bridge which is in a dangerous condition and cannot be immediately replaced until drier ground allows access to the site. There is no alternative route in the immediate vicinity
- BW 93/92/91 Whitchurch
Bridleways 93, 92 and 91, Whitchurch from GR SJ 5192 4123 where it leaves Wrexham Road running generally northerly through Hadley Farm to at bridge over a stream which is unsafe for users at GR SJ 5183 4161 and then continuing northerly to across fields to its junction with Bridleways 86 & 87 at GR SJ 5183 4221; a distance of approximately 1,022 metres with immediate effect from 6 March 2018 for six months on the grounds of public safety due to a bridge which is in a dangerous condition and cannot be immediately replaced until drier ground allows access to the site. There is no alternative route in the immediate vicinity. Plan attached.
- Bridleway 60/Footpath 56 (part) Whitchurch
That part of Bridleway 60 at Hinton Court, Wirswall from GR SJ 5394 4327 running generally north easterly, and including a very short section of FP 56, for approximately 210 metres to GR SJ 5409 4344 a few metres from the County boundary with Staffordshire from 3 until 20 April February 2018 on the grounds of public safety to allow the installation of a new water main to Wirswall Service Reservior..
There is no alternative route in the immediate vicinity.
For further information please contact the Rights of Way Mapping and Enforcement Team or Customer Service Centre on 0345 678 9006.