Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen gets assurances from Sefton

Nina Killen

 

A Formby Labour Councillor has received written assurances from Sefton Council that they have no plans to block a right of way in the town.

Harington Ward Formby Councillor Nina Killen was contacted by concerned residents, including members of the U3A, after a Sefton Council public notice was spotted tied to a post near to the spot of the Eight Acre Lane bridal path.

The notice stated that the pathway was being "monitored".

The residents also feared the pathway was to be closed after reporting seeing builders' vehicles at the site.

But after taking the concerns to the council, officers gave assurances to Cllr Killen that the there were no plans to close the pathway.

Cllr Killen said: "As soon as the residents raised this issue with me, I took their concerns to Sefton's Department for Built Environment who was responsible for the notice.

"They informed me that the reason for the notice was because Eight Acre Lane on the east side of the bypass is not registered on the definitive map at the moment, but they would like it to be. 

Nina Killen"So they wanted residents to let them know that they have been using this path over the last 20 years so that they can make it an official right of way or a bridleway. 

"Once the council has the evidence that it has been used it will become an official bridleway, and they are also hoping to upgrade the surface if the money is available.

"The problem seemed to be be when the bypass was built, Eight Acre Lane was split in half. The west side was properly registered as a right of way on the map but the east side wasn't. The land is owned by the council and they don't expect any reasonable objections to be made to their plans so they expect it to become an official right of way and bridleway soon."

Cllr Killen thanked the residents who contacted her.

Cllr Killen said: "I want to thank the people who contacted me with regarded to the notice.
"There may be people who saw the notice and are expecting the pathway to be closed off. I want to assure them that Sefton Council have no plans to do this."

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