Shropshire Council

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:

Footpath 13 Bicton at the Severn Hospice, Bicton from GR SJ 4582 1380 where the Footpath enters the site running north then easterly for approximately 180 metres to GR SJ 4585 1394 where it continues to the rear of the existing Hospice buildings  will be extended until 21 January 2021 on the grounds of public safety whilst site work continues at The Severn Hospice. 

An alternative route is available between the same grid references running northerly then easterly around an area of vegetation until it meets Clayton Way and proceeds north along  Clayton Way for approximately 100 metres until it  re-joins  the remainder of the footpath and vice versa.

FP UN1 Wistanstow and FP UN3 Acton Scott - Footpath UN 1 Wistanstow from GR SO 4428 8958 just west of the railway in Marshbrook, running easterly to cross the railway line and continuing easterly then north easterly as footpath UN 3 Acton Scott to meet the A49 at GR SO 4442 8970 a distance of approximately 185 metres.        

The order will continue to be in force from 12 December 2021 until 12 December 2021 (or until works are completed whichever is sooner) and is required on the grounds of public safety to allow remedial work to be carried out to the rail crossing by Network Rail to ensure compliance with minimum sighting requirements and the reopening of the crossing when the work is complete. There is no alternative route in the immediate vicinity.

Footpath 38, Whitchurch where it leaves Alport Road, at GR SJ 5451 4208 running easterly between houses then ENE across a field and continuing as Footpath 40 generally NNE across a field to a footbridge at GR SJ 5482 4219 and  Footpath 39 from GR SJ 54674199 running north easterly for approximately 115 metres across a field to its junction with Footpaths 38 and 40 at GR SJ 5474 4207

The Order will come into operation on 3 September 2018 and is required in the interests of public safety during housing development works.  The closure has been extended until November 2023.

An alternative route to continue on the footpaths network either northerly or easterly is by continuing northerly along Alport Road for approximately 370 metres to access Footpath 41 on the right which runs to Black Park Road.

FP 59 Bayston Hill – Rail Crossing - that part of Footpath 59, Bayston Hill from GR SJ4898 0953 running generally north easterly for approximately 100 metres crossing the railway line to GR SJ 4907 0958 has been extended until 7 May 2022, on the grounds of public safety because of the likelihood of danger to the public where the path crosses the railway line following a recent Risk Assessment. An alternative route is available utilising a bridge crossing the railway line between the same grid references slightly to the south of the definitive line of the footpath.

FP 45,46 & 47 Whitchurch - Mile Bank Road
Footpath 46 in Whitchurch 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 FP 45 which continues south westerly for 430 metres to SJ 5516 4263 at junction with FP 50. Also, FP 47 which leaves FP 45 to run north easterly for 250 metres to the junction with BW 51 and FP 48 at SJ 5546 3419 will continue in force until the 30 October 2022 or until the completion of the works, on the grounds of public safety due the development of the site. An alternative route is available off Mile Bank Road at SJ 5538 4327 using BW 51 & FP 50 just south of the site.

FP 81 & FP 82 Shrewsbury
Footpath 81 from Oteley Road at GR SJ 5024 1083 in a general south easterly then easterly direction to GR SJ 5041 1011 & Footpath 82 from Oteley Road at GR 5033 1034 in a general southerly direction to GR 5041 1011 over the A5 then to GR 5037 0999 at Sutton Hall.
The Order will come into operation on 1st September 2020 until 1st March 2021 and is required on the grounds of public safe.

Footpath 14 Melverley from GR SJ 3197 1748 running in a general south easterly direction following the northern bank of the River Vyrnwy for approximately 850 metres to GR SJ 3247 1700.

The order will come into operation on 2nd March 2020 for a period of 6 months (and will be extended until 1st May 2021) and is required on the grounds of public safety whilst work is undertaken by the Environment Agency to reconstruct a flood defence bank.

There is an alternative route available for the public to use proceeding north easterly along FP 13 to the road at Hendre, turn right to follow the road for a short distance then right onto FP 15 to rejoin the riverside path and vice versa.

Footpath UN 73 Shrewsbury from from GR SJ 3510 3151 running in a general north westerly direction in between Corndon Crescent and Roselyn to GR SJ 3509 3151.

The Order will come into operation on 21 August 2020 until 21 February 2021 and is required on the grounds of public safety whilst work is undertaken on a property alongside the path.

This closure will not affect any private access rights along this route. There is no alternative route available for the public to use within the immediate vicinity.

BW 54 & BW UN3 Little Ness/Baschurch BW 54 from Bunny Lane at Adcote (GR SJ 4224 1953) running in a general north easterly direction past Adcote Mill, crossing the River Perry (GR SJ 4228 1958) and BW UN3 leaving BW 54 before the River Perry then in a general south east, north east then south easterly direction to GR SJ 4260 1968.

Footpath 1 Stanton Upon Hine Heath from where it leaves The Avenue at grid reference SJ 5966 2586 running in a southerly direction to SJ 5966 2466 opposite Holly Lodge.

The Order will come into operation on 1 December 2020 until 31 May 2021 and is required so that maintenance on the groundwater pumps can take place. There is no alternative route available. 

Footpath 39 Condover at Forge Way from GR 4775 0283 running in a general south westerly direction to GR 4772 0274.

The Order will come into operation on 1 October 2020 until the 1 April 2021 and is required on the grounds of public safety due to work being undertaken on the new development.

An alternative route for the closure of FP 39 will be provided through the development.

Footpath 43 Worfield from grid reference SO 7386 9556 running in a south westerly direction over Rindleford Bridge to grid reference SO 7373 9551.

The Order will come into operation initially for 6 months from 10 December 2020 until 10 June 2021 and is required so that maintenance on the bridge can take place.

Access can still be maintained using the Rights of Way network. 

For further information please contact the Rights of Way Mapping and Enforcement Team or Customer Service Centre on 0345 678 9006.