Don't miss a story sign up to Midweek Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Footpath campaigners a step closer to victory

09:27 24 January 2014

The Teneriffe footpath at Lyme Regis which could soon be declared a public right of way

The Teneriffe footpath at Lyme Regis which could soon be declared a public right of way

Archant

Hopes raised that historic link between Lyme Regis town centre and the seafront will be reopened

Councillors at Lyme Regis are a step closer to establishing a controversial shortcut from the town centre to the seafront as a public right of way.

The local authority has been battling for 14 years to put the Teneriffe footpath, which runs from Broad Street to Marine Parade, on the definitive map.

Dorset County Council’s Roads and Rights of Way Committee went against the advice of its officers and backed the town council when it met to consider the issue recently.

Director for environment Miles Butler recommended that members took a neutral stance as continued investment of public resources was not considered to be in the public interest.

But the committee recommended that the matter was submitted to the Secretary of State for determination and to actively support the order.

The path was closed to the public in the 1980s when a resident of Teneriffe Flats locked the door to the seafront access.

The county council initially refused the designation in July 2009 but the decision was overturned by an inspector on appeal in 2011.

Dorset County Council issued the order, officially recognising it as a public right of way, but fatal errors in the documents meant the process had to start again.

Lyme town councillors Lorna Jenkin and Nigel Clarke, a local historian and former town councillor attended the recent meeting in Dorchester, urging members to support the town council’s efforts.

Cllr Jenkin said: “This has been a long road, which I started in the year 2000 after many requests from the townspeople to take up the issue.

“There has been huge support from the town and we have got more than 50 names of people who used that path.

“I am pleased that the Roads and Rights of Way Committee has actively supported Lyme Regis Town Council in re-establishing Teneriffe Path as a public right of way and I hope the Secretary of State will look favourably on this issue once again.

“We hope to have a decision from the Secretary of State within a year.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

30 minutes ago

The incident occurred at around 3.30pm on Monday, January 18 in the Battishorne Park area of the town.

Read more
Doctor

Honiton Surgery has been affected by a nationwide shortage of GPs, which in turn could see patients having to wait longer to see a doctor.

Read more
08:11
Axminster Fire Engine

Office building and workshop suffer 50 per cent damage in blaze

Read more
The Thelma Hulbert Gallery

The secret world of soil will be uncovered at Honiton-based Thelma Hulbert Gallery’s newest exhibition.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30
Pretty Muddy charity event.

East Devon women are being urged to get the new year off to a great start by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2016.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30
Jo Davey & Shona Godefroy.

A newly-qualified accountant who grew up in Honiton is celebrating after her final accountancy exam results saw her finish in the top five globally.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:29
Honiton wine bar golf society Captain Richard Hooper and Vice Captain John Dowling with a cheque of £1,564 for the charity Breast Cancer UK. Ref mhh 03-16TI 3686. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton Wine Bar Golf Society met to celebrate the triumphs of its 2015 season at its annual gala prize-giving dinner last week.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:27

Between Monday, January 11 and Sunday, February 7, there was 26 recorded offences - one more than for the same period last year.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:42

Lyme Regis firefighters called to accident on the A3052

Read more
Yesterday, 11:04
Diesel

Takeaways and booze – charity reveals the shocking ‘treats’ fuelling pet obesity crisis in the South West. PDSA warns of pet obesity crisis fuelled by bad diets.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 2°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications