A COMMUNITY campaigner is urging residents to back plans for a popular route to be designated a public right of way.
The route from Watery Lane to Stringers Lane in Higher Kinnerton ha s been made the subject of an order to be put on the Definitive Map, a record of public rights of way in England and Wales.
Residents say the route was used regularly until a gate blocked the way, with 47 of them providing evidence to support opening it up.
If the order is not challenged by November 15, Flintshire Council will be able to confirm it and the Definitive Map will be changed to include it.
Campaigner and former Flintshire councillor Klaus Armstrong-Braun, who applied for the route to be included, said there are still concerns the order would be challenged. He is urging anyone who uses the path to come forward.
“We had to provide evidence the path had been used continuously before it was closed,” he said.
“We have done that but we’ve been challenged in the past, so anyone else who can come forward with more evidence would make the case for the path stronger.”
Mr Armstrong-Braun said the battle for the path started in 2007, when a resident first alerted footpath inspectors to the it having been blocked off.
“Horse riders used it,” he said. “They suddenly found they were stopped from going down there.”
Elwyn Jones, a footpath inspector for the Flintshire branch of the Ramblers Association, said there are routes used by people for many years that have not made it onto the Definitive Map and are unmarked.
“We try and encourage local people to let us know about these paths so they can be claimed back,” said Mr Jones, who is also a Shotton town councillor. “There are a lot. They’re called the first ways. We’ve only got so long to claim them back.”
Representations or objections relating to the Higher Kinnerton bridleway can be made to Carl Longland, Flintshire Council’s director of the environment, at County Hall, Mold, CH7 6NF, quoting reference RS/NRW/11/3/305 by no later than November 15.