To consider the following application:
Nature of Application: Upgrade footpaths to bridleways and add new bridleways
Parish: Gorsley and Kilcot / Newent
Name of Applicant: Gorsley and Kilcot Parish Council
Date of Application: 26th September 2005
Prior to the commencement of this item Cllr McMahon informed the Committee that he was a member of the Ramblers Association. As this interest was confirmed as non-prejudicial, Cllr McMahon remained at the meeting a member of the Committee.
The Committee’s attention was drawn to the late information tabled on the day and it was agreed that a short adjournment (20 minutes) should be taken to allow all to read and consider the additional paperwork.
Sarah MacDonald, Asset Data Officer (PROW Definitive Map) gave a detailed presentation to the Committee, aided by a video film of the paths under consideration.
In response to questions from the Committee the following matters were noted:
· Use made at the current time was of lesser importance since consideration of the application related to the date on which this had been made.
· Conflicting evidence had been presented with the landowner stating notices banning use by horses etc had been erected against witnesses for the application maintaining that use had been made for the required time without challenge.
· The Committee was required to make a decision on the balance of probabilities.
Having considered all the information before it, the Committee
That a Modification Order be made to upgrade public footpaths GGK 30, GGK 41, GGK 42 (part), GNE 142 (part) and GNE 135 to bridleways and to add bridleways between GGK 30 and GGK 41, GGK 41 and GGK 42, and GNE 142 and GNE 135.