Belper resident’s bid to save footpath

Belper Meadows Sports Club facilities which are going to be re-developed.
Belper Meadows Sports Club facilities which are going to be re-developed.

A Belper man is on a quest to get a local footpath registered as Right of Way.

In June, plans were approved for Belper Meadows Sports Club to build a 574-square metre pavilion at Christchurch Meadows, located just off Bridge Street.

However, local resident Trevor Burton is now aiming to ensure that the renovation of the area does not means surrounding footpaths are closed off from the public.

He said: “The sports club appear to have started preparations to fence off the footpath that leads from the back of Belper Library (causing damage to some pipe work in the process) and to also close the entrance to the field adjacent the hockey pitch.

“For some it is within living memory and long before many of the sports facilities existed.

“I am fully aware this is private land and not a designated footpath as defined in DCC - Rights of Way.

“I believe though within the Countryside Act if the footpath has been used for over 20 years then application can be made to have it designated as such.

“I have already received tremendous local support from people who really do have the community spirit.”

Belper Town Council commented said: “Trevor has kindly agreed to take on the administration work to get the footpath at Belper Meadows registered as a Right of Way. If anyone would like to give Trevor some support you can e-mail him at trevorburton282@yahoo.co.uk.”