|Battered and unkempt but hanging in there. Footpath No. 28 could do with a bit of TLC.|
Central Bedfordshire Council’s Maulden Footpath No. 28 Extinguishment Order has been rejected by an independent inspector following the public inquiry last month.
The footpath, which leads to Maulden Wood and the Greensand Ridge Walk, survives - for the time being.
Central Bedfordshire Council made an application to Bedford Magistrates’ Court to close the path but the case was referred to Luton Magistrates’ Court (because the government is pursuing its own case for the eventual closure of the Bedford court). The case is scheduled to be heard on 9th, 10th and 11th September in Luton.
The Open Spaces Society considers this to be a further waste of public money, particularly when the council is so short-staffed and strapped for cash. The Society urges the Council HERE to abandon its plan to close this popular route and instead to accept that it should remain a public footpath, open for all to enjoy.
The Bedfordshire on Sunday newspaper reports HERE that a spokesman for Central Bedfordshire Council said that they are disappointed at the decision and they will now be considering its implications and their options for next steps.