Latest twist in Sutton footpath row

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A ROW over a footpath which runs through the garden of a Selston home is set to take a further twist when councillors consider whether to shut it for good.

The 70 metre long footpath - officially known as Footpath 72 - was officially recognised as a public right of way in 2007, despite it passing right through the garden of a property on Inkerman Street.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s rights of way committee are set to decide at their meeting on 22nd June whether it should be the subject of an extinguishment order - closing it off to the public.

It follows a survey of residents living near the footpath conducted by Selston Parish Council, which has indicated it would support a move to close the footpath.

Some residents surveyed said they had never seen the footpath in use.

But campaigner and former Selston parish councillor Frank Wood (87), who led a long battle to open the footpath to the public, said neither authority had a justifiable reason to close it.

He also claimed the parish council’s survey was flawed because of the low number of participants, and because it failed to consult ramblers.

“It is not good enough to say nobody in the immediate area wants the footpath to stay open,”he said.

“No one on the parish council has knowledge of the footpath’s 200 year old history and it’s place in Selston heritage.”.

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire County Council said a variety of opinions for and against the closure had been heard ahead of the June meeting, including Mr Wood’s.

“This authority is not ignoring any representations or requests from any party and the Rights of Way Committee will consider the balance of the evidence when determining whether or not the footpath is necessary or needed for public use, in accordance with the Highways Act 1980.”