‘New bit’ not yet done

This article was published in 2008, in Newsletter 81.

Path widening: ‘awaiting approval’.
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The observant may have noticed that despite the works being ‘approved’ by various local committees no work has yet been done to widen the short section of path from Brookland’s Avenue towards Sheep’s Green bridge.

It appears that some observant soul has realised this is common land. Under recent regulations any development on common land requires ‘Secretary of State’ approval. I’m not sure when these rules came in, but I’m sure we won’t need to remove the Sustrans path or the Sheep’s Green bridge approaches. My informed source in higher places says such approvals are normally just a formality, but in Government even formalities seem to take an eternity.

Jim Chisholm