Telford & East Shropshire Ramblers have been asked by local people if they can help with evidence for whether two routes may be unrecorded rights of way.
Reynolds Wharf - Coalport
Reynolds Wharf serves a new housing estate and has been built along what used to be the line of the old canal towpath, going from the YHA direction towards the river and Coalport bridge. One end of the route has been blocked by a locked gate.
Telford & Wrekin Council are actively investigating the claim that the route should be recorded as a right of way and the Rights of Way Officer is gathering evidence to support the publication of an ‘Order’ to create a right of way along the route. Much of this investigation relies upon the statements of people who have used the route over many years; evidence of usage over time, in the form of witness statements.
However, there must be sufficient evidence of use, by right, over at least 20 years for the route to be made into a right of way. This is where you can help. If you could complete a ‘User Statement’ and send it back to the Rights of Way Officer (keep a copy on your files) this will help support the application. Here is a map you may find helpful to show the route you walked.
If you want a hard copy of the User Statement please contact the Rights of Way Officer directly and return all completed User Satements to him:
Broseley Wood - Maypole Road to Ladywood
You may be familiar with a very useful path that links Broseley Wood from the end of Maypole Road, to Ladywood (the route then continues down to the B road near The Two Pines House, a short cut on foot from Broseley to Jackfield). Most of the Broseley end of this route is already recorded as a public right of way by Shropshire Council. The bit of the route which is in Shropshire is where if you go straight on from the end of Maypole Road, the road becomes a track, then a wide path bordered by a hedge on either side, then you enter the Ladywood woodlands (picture bottom left).
Unfortunately, just before one enters the Ladywood on the Shropshire side of the boundary between Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin a short 50m section of the route would appear to be an unrecorded right of way. This short section was recently blocked by fallen trees. To keep this route open and enable it to be maintained in the future, a number of local people have asked Ramblers to apply to Shropshire Council to add this section to the Definitive Rights of Way Map for Shropshire.
However, there must be sufficient evidence of use, by right, over at least 20 years for the route to be made into a right of way. This is where you can help. Please could you complete a Shropshire SC "Public Rights of Way Evidence Form" and send it back to Anne Suffolk, Chair Telford & East Shropshire Ramblers (keep a copy on your files). If you have any other documentary evidence, e.g. old maps, photos, dated correspondence etc. please let her know about them (don't send originals at this stage, though scanned copies are fine). We will collect all the evidence to see whether there is enough evidence to support an application to Shropshire Council to add this route to the Definitive Map.
Here is a map you may find helpful to mark the line of the route you have walked, plus a copy of the SC evidence form. You can also find out more information from http://www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/ and click on Acesss and Rights of Way links and the Interactive Map links .You can also download a pdf and word version of the SC evidence form https://new.shropshire.gov.uk/media/6409/rights-of-way-evidence-statement.pdf