Public footpath reopens after 20 years of disuse

PUBLISHED: 08:46 01 October 2019 | UPDATED: 08:46 01 October 2019

The footpath across Honing Common. Picture: Open Spaces Society

The footpath across Honing Common. Picture: Open Spaces Society


Walkers can once again enjoy an old public footpath which has been reopened in north Norfolk, thanks to the persistence of the Open Spaces Society’s local correspondent Ian Witham .

In 2012, Mr Witham reported to Norfolk County Council that part of the footpath in Honing and East Ruston was under water from the construction of a fishing lake and obstructed by fencing. The 700-yard footpath runs across part of Honing Common and an area of wetland.

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Mr Witham, with support from the Open Spaces Society, served a legal notice on the council, requiring it to maintain the path.

After a number of court visits, the council agreed to a partial diversion of the route, which has now reopened after more than 20 years of disuse.

Mr Witham said: "The council's duty to maintain the path does not end here, but is ongoing. We shall be monitoring the state of the path closely."

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