Please take note that in terms of S137 of the Highways Act 1980, S14 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and S57 of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 it is a criminal offence to obstruct free passage along a public right of way or to display a notice that contains any false or misleading statement likely to deter the public from using a right of way and under S132 of the Highways Act 1980 it is an offence to display on the surface of a public right of way or on any tree or structure within the public right of way any unauthorised sign or mark.

Free passage along Public Footpath No. 372/8 has been and remains fully blocked in the name of Mike & Vanessa Woodward on land to the north of that which they own at 2 The Quarry, Bayworth.  Various “closure” and other notices have also been displayed in order to deter the public from using the said right of way.

If the obstruction and all notices are not fully removed by dusk on Sunday 3rd October 2021 (ie in the next three days) the council intends to report these offences to the police.


The above was agreed by unanimous vote of Sunningwell Parish Council at its meeting held on 30th September 2021.