Controversial path to be closed off

A FOOTPATH in Selston which has been at the centre of an argument spanning more than 40 years is to close.

Footpath 72, which passes right through an Inkerman Street resident’s garden, is to be shut following a meeting of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Rights of Way Committee.

Speaking at the meeting, the affected homeowner, Julie Parker, said no-one used the 70-metre long path because it did not go anywhere.

“The path is not a short-cut for anyone or to anything,” she said.

Ms Parker told councillors when she moved into her home in 1989, there was no mention of the public footpath.

But when the footpath was legally recognised as a public right of way in 2007, it meant ramblers had the right to walk through her garden without obstruction.

A survey conducted by Selston Parish Council last year had concluded a significant number of residents wanted the path closed.

Some residents said the path was affected by anti-social behaviour – although this was disputed at the meeting. Others said no one used it.

But some residents, including former parish councillor Frank Wood, wanted it kept open – with the Nottinghamshire Footpaths Preservation Society and the Ramblers Association also objecting to the ‘extinguishment order’.