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Public Rights of Way - Temporary Closures

From time to time it is necessary to temporarily close or divert a public right of way, usually to ensure public safety while repairs, improvements or other works are being carried out, either on the path itself or close to it . Every effort is made to keep closure periods and inconvenience to the public to a minimum.

Longer term temporary closures usually cover a maximum period of six months or until the works affecting the path are finished, but where necessary these can be extended. Notices are placed both in the local press and on site at least one week in advance of the closure. In an emergency or in the case of a very short term temporary closure notices are placed on site.

EMERGENCY CLOSURE - Hummersea Steps (Loftus Footpath No.105)
Monday 16th January 2017. The steel steps that take the above public footpath down to the beach at Hummersea (grid reference NZ 7263 1998) are closed to the public. The steps have been damaged by recent stormy weather and are dangerous to use. Further information will be provided as soon as possible. In the meantime anyone going onto the beach at this location should know the tide times and should not rely on the steps as their means of escape.

Advice for Utilities Suppliers or Contractors
If you need to carry out any works either within or close to a public right of way a temporary closure order may be required. You must not obstruct, divert or otherwise disturb a public right of way (even temporarily) without the necessary arrangements.

In the case of emergencies arrangements can usually be made without delay. But for planned works you should contact the Council's Public Rights of Way Advisor for information and advice as soon as possible, preferably at least four weeks in advance of the anticipated start date. In most cases charges will be incurred and further details of these will be provided on request.

Requests for the temporary closure of a public right of way should include the following information:
  • Location.Every effort is made to keep closure periods and inconvenience to the public to a minimum.
  • Description of the proposed works.
  • Anticipated start date.
  • Expected duration of the works.
  • Contact details of the relevant person / member of staff.
  • Purchase Order Number and / or address for invoicing.
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