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Rights of way public notices SCC TROs and DMMOs 

Surrey County Council = SCC
Traffic Regulation Order = TRO
Definitive Map Modification Order = DMMO

Pigeonhouse Bridge (Woking FP82 / Ockham FP5)
The bridge was damaged in floods 7 winters ago and subsequently removed. There has been a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) in force with a long official alternative route across the river via Walsham Weir. The TRO has been extended again and is now due to expire 31 August 2022. The unofficial alternative route to Pigeon House Bridge is over the private bridge owned by The Wisley Golf Club.

Nearby bridge of the same name over the Wey Navigation on Woking FP82 is not affected.

Byfleet Manor House (Byfleet FP94)
This path runs from Fullerton Road to a bridge over the River Wey. About 190 metres of path along the wall surrounding the Manor has been affected by "drainage works" and has been closed by TRO since December 2018, renewed until 11 June 2022. There have been numerous planning applications, and works are clearly occurring both within and outside the manor wall. There is a clearly signed 265 metre alternative route in place.

The landowner recently applied for a formal diversion over the alternative route. We and others have objected on the grounds that the diversion will be substantially less convenient to the public and of the effect that the diversion would have on public enjoyment of the path as a whole. 

On 10 November 2021 SCC Woking Joint Committee voted to make the Diversion Order, against SCC officer's recommendation. The formal Order was published on 16th December and the last date for formal objections is 4th February. We will maintain our objection.

There is some evidence that the alternative route has been used for many years by local people as a way of walking from Fullerton Road towards Mill Lane. Also, it is on the Ramblers map of Lost Ways (see “Don’t Lose Your Ways” below)

The Pyrford Loop (Woking FP422)
In November 2019, SCC made a Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) to add this path to the Definitive Map of rights of way. It runs from “Pyrford Common, 37 metres north of Pyrford Common Road, in a generally north-easterly direction for 535 metres to Upshot Lane by the Arbor Centre.” This path is the missing link in the Pyrford Neighbourhood Forum’s proposed Pyrford Loop route; it is currently blocked, and the Forum had been campaigning for this DMMO for some time.

It is known that the landowners objected to the Order. The latest news from SCC was that they were waiting to hear from them on a couple of points prior to submitting the Order to the Planning Inspectorate for a decision. 

Fishers Farm to Cartbridge (Woking FP45B / Send FP52)
The bridge across the River Wey at Grid Ref TQ015559 is temporarily closed because of its poor condition. The TRO has been extended until 25 December 2022. The alternative route is via Gresham Mill on FP44, FP45A and Send FP52A.

Triggs Lock to Send Church (Woking FP42 / Send FP61)
This route crosses the River Wey by a footbridge. Part of the Send path has been eroded away by the river, and has been closed by TRO now due to expire 17 September 2022. The lengthy official alternative route is north on the Wey Navigation towpath, then Send FP55 to Potters Lane, south on Potters Lane, then Send FP60 to Send Church.

Deep Pool Farm to Carthouse Lane (Woking FP5) 
The landowner has applied to SCC to divert 240 metres of this path which currently runs on a clear open track from the junction with FP4 just north of the Deep Pool itself then past the farm buildings. The proposed diversion would move the path to the south side of Deep Pool and then along the other side of the fence adjoining the track. The path would be fenced on both sides with a 3-metre width.

After a site meeting with the landowner and discussions with SCC it has been agreed that we will not object. The making of the diversion order was approved on 23-Jun 2021 but there were still 2 outstanding objections at that time. If these are maintained, usual procedure would be for this to go to public inquiry.

Alleged path: St Johns Lye to St John's Church
This is very likely to be a claim for a DMMO to add this route to the Definitive Map of rights of way as a footpath. Our Footpath Secretary has had a site meeting with one of the SCC rights of way staff last October during which time several people were observed walking the path. We need to prove unchallenged use over a period of 20 years minimum (not all individual users must have used the path for the full 20 years; for example, User A could have used it from 2012 to 2020, User B from 2008 to 2019 and User C from 1999 to 2014).

SCC has supplied our Footpath Secretary with public right of way user evidence forms and maps. Will anyone who has used this path at any time please contact Brian to obtain a form to complete. We still need more completed forms please. 

Woking FP136 at Sutton Green 
This path runs from Blanchards Hill past the Catholic church in Sutton Park to the recreation ground in Sutton Green. There is a potential problem in that it is a legal cul-de-sac at the Sutton Green end, though there have been two well used continuation routes over very many years. The first, Foxes Path, veering left to Sutton Green Road, remains unobstructed. The other path, goes straight ahead with the recreation ground on the left and later through two field gates to reach Woking FP42.

The first gate has a sign attached “Please Shut the Gate”, implying acceptance of public use of the route, but the second gate is now padlocked and has a new sign “No Public Right of Way” though it is obvious that people have been squeezing past. Please let our Footpath Secretary, Brian, know if you have used this second continuation path and over what period. This could become another claim for a DMMO.

Ramblers’ Don’t Lose Your Ways Campaign
This is to do with claiming additions to the definitive map of rights of way, based on historical (as opposed to user) evidence, e.g. from old maps, 1911 Finance Act records made by landowners (they could get tax relief if they admitted to rights of way across their land), or tithe awards. The Ramblers published a map of 49,000 miles of Lost Ways throughout England & Wales. Very few routes within Woking Borough have been identified as realistic candidates (but see Byfleet Manor House above).

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