Date set for public enquiry on whether Selston footpath should remain open

Inkerman Street, Selston
Inkerman Street, Selston

A public inquiry is set to be held into whether a controversial footpath in Selston should remain open.

The path, which is known as footpath 72, runs between Inkerman Street and Inkerman Road and has divided members of the community for many years.

Selston Parish Council and some residents have said that they path, which is recognised by Nottinghamshire County Council, should be closed - but an application to ‘extinguish’ it was met with fierce objections from campaigners who want it to remain open.

The matter was then referred to the Planning Inspectorate and will be discussed at a public inquiry at Selston Parish Hall on 24th September.

In 2007, the Planning Inspectorate ruled that the footpath should remain open because historically, it had linked the isolated communities of Bagthorpe, Hanstubbin and Underwood.

He also said that there was evidence to suggest that there may have been a historic path which linked Inkerman Street and Inkerman Road.

However, Gail Turner, a parish, district and county councillor for Selston, said that people in the village wanted to see it closed for good.

Coun Turner, who has submitted evidence for the inquiry, said: “It is not a footpath and it never was.

“It was a cut through from one pub to another and it even goes through one lady’s garden. She has been landed with this footpath going through her garden and she knows exactly how many people use it - it’s none.

“Nobody uses this footpath and it goes nowhere. The path is also completely over-grown.

“In the winter there was not one footprint in the snow.”

The planning inquiry will begin at 10am and there will be representations from Nottinghamshire county councillors , officers and other interested parties.

• What do you think about the possible closure of footpath 72? Contact Ashfield reporter Catherine Allen on Mansfield 450302.