Two footpaths in Watford have now been officially diverted after 50 year wait
When Affinity Water built their pumping station and regional offices at the bottom of Hempstead Road in the 1950’s they cut off footpaths 27 & 28.
Almost immediately local rambling organisations, footpath defenders and local residents, having accepted that it would not be practical to reinstate the old paths, started the fight to have their replacements made legal.
Until now the two unofficial footpaths, much loved by dog walkers, could have been blocked at any time by the landowners and no-one could have stopped them. However now all official maps will show the newly designated paths.
To achieve this has needed the joint working of Hertfordshire County Council, Watford Borough Council, Affinity Water Ltd and the Canal and River Trust co-ordinated by the County Council’s Definitive Map Officer.
Peter Taylor, Elected Mayor of Watford said “I am delighted that this long-standing problem has finally been put to bed. I want to thank those dedicated organisations and residents who have fought to achieve this. It is also really pleasing to see so many organisations, and particularly Watford Council, working so well together to achieve this.”
Cllr Phil Bibby, Hertfordshire County Council Executive Member for Highways and Environment said “Dealing with obstructions and diversions of rights of way can be a complex process. I’m very pleased that in this case progress has been made and I know all involved have worked hard to reach a satisfactory outcome, even though it has taken a long time. I hope the new route will be well used and enjoyed by local people.”
After the successful outcome the solicitor for Affinity Water Ltd stated:
“We are pleased that through our collaborative approach, we have been able to resolve this long-standing issue and that the public are now able to enjoy the designated footpath.”