Outcome of Public Inquiry into Extinguishment of Footpath

Posted on Sun, 05/02/2017 - 2:24pm

Following the three-day inquiry in December, the Government's inspector, Peter Millman, decided that the level crossing, carrying Buriton Footpath 3 across the railway line, should be extinguished.

At its meeting at the end of January the Parish Council welcomed this decision from the independent inspector and hoped that the outcome will put an end to a long-running issue which has, at times, split parts of the community.

The Parish Council was pleased that many parishioners (both supporters and objectors) were able to get involved in the Public Inquiry and have their say so that the Inspector could take so many views into account.

The full details of the Inspector's decision are available via this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/583374/fps_q1770_3_5_f_decision.pdf

The Parish Council noted that the extinguishment of the level crossing may cause more parishioners to use Kiln Lane, even though the Inspector felt that this was not a suitable alternative route. The Council will endeavour to explore the potential hazards of Kiln Lane through liaison with the County Council highway authority. It is hoped that people who may now choose to walk up or down Kiln Lane will take care and that motorists and cyclists on this route will also be more cautious.