• Knowle right of way ruling overturned by planning inspector

    17th November 2013 | News | Claire
  • Sidmouth residents have battled for some time for these to be recognised as official public rights of way, following EDDC’s announcement that it will depart from its existing base at Knowle and move to purpose-built offices elsewhere in East Devon.

    Part of the plan to move is to sell off the lovely Knowle gardens, or at least, part of them, for development in order to fund the move.

    The gardens are open to the public and have been for decades so residents were surprised when EDDC suddenly – at around the same time the announcement to sell off the gardens for development – erected signs at the entrance stating that the paths were not legal public rights of way! 

    Residents applied to Devon County Council to formalise the paths as public rights of way, but were refused.

    But yesterday, a planning inspector overturned DCC’s decision and ruled that the paths should indeed be designated legal public rights of way.

    I am interested to see how this piece of news might affect EDDC’s plans to move…

    More news here soon – ?  http://saveoursidmouth.com/