Recommendation: That the Diversion Order is made
Proposal: Diversion Order Hurst Footpath 20
Applicant: St. Nicholas Hurst C of E Primary School
The Committee received and reviewed a report, set out in agenda pages 153 to 160.
The Committee were advised that the Members’ Update included:
· Clarification that Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) were the landowners of the playing field where the footpath ran, and the WBC commercial property team were in support of the proposals;
· The stile at Point E on Plan No. 1 had now been removed by the School.
Members were asked in turn for any comments or queries on this application. Specific comments or queries are summarised below.
Simon Weeks queried whether all gates could accommodate wheelchairs and buggies. Andrew Fletcher, case officer, clarified that the proposals were compliant to accommodate both wheelchairs and buggies.
Andrew Mickleburgh queried whether the school was happy with the removal of the top fence rail, with regards to safeguarding. Andrew Fletcher stated that the removal of the top fence rail had been proposed by the open spaces society. These proposals had been agreed in conjunction with the school.
Malcolm Richards queried whether approval of this footpath would nullify the existing footpath. Andrew Fletcher confirmed that if approved, the existing rights would be removed and the new lines would be officially added.
A number of Members commented that they were pleased that the proposals increased the safety of children at the school and safeguarding measures.
RESOLVED That the diversion order be made, subject to the points contained within the recommendation set out in agenda pages 153 to 154.