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Public Rights of Ways can be diverted, stopped up and created but this must be done by means of a strict legal procedure.
There are two Acts that are used to make such changes to the network:-
The new route must:
An existing route can be stopped up if:
"Once a highway always a highway" is a phrase that literally means that it is almost impossible to remove public rights once they have been established. Due to this it is our policy to retain existing public rights of way and where possible extend the network.
The applicant is normally responsible for the cost of the order. An outline of the likely costs will be provided together with details of the Authority’s procedure to execute either a diversion or a closure.
The Ordnance Survey receives a copy of the Legal Event order so that they can update their Pathfinder and Explorer Maps.