Meeting documents

General Purposes Committee
Wednesday, 27th November, 2013 6.30 am

Committee Room 6, Civic Centre, Southend-on-Sea

Attendance Details

Part I
553 Apologies and substitutions.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor D A Garston (Substitute: Councillor Robertson).
554 Declarations of interest.
Councillor Terry declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item No. 4 on the grounds that he is Chairman of the Ekco Whitecaps and their ground is adjacent to the Havens Hospice new application site.
555 Minutes of the Meeting held on Wednesday, 16th November, 2011

That the Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday, 16th November 2011 be received, confirmed as a correct record and signed.
556 Public Footpath FP86 Leigh-on-Sea from Castle Drive to Hadleigh Country Park

That option 5 as set out in the report be confirmed as the most appropriate and preferred option to resolve the situation regarding FP86 and the claim by the Ramblers Association.
6.30 p.m./8.00 p.m.

Attendance Details

Councillor C W Walker (Chairman),
Councillor L Burdett, M T Caunce, A Crystall, I T Robertson*, M W Terry, M Velmurugan, J G S Ware-Lane
(*substitute in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 31)
In attendance:
Councillor P A Wexham and T Row


556The Committee considered the report of the Corporate Director for Corporate Services that informed Members of the ongoing work and proposals to resolve the situation regarding FP86 Leigh on Sea and the claim by the Ramblers Association that a public right of way for persons on foot subsists, or could reasonably be alleged to subsist, over land at the nature reserve adjacent to Belton Way West and farm land owned by the Salvation Army. The report also sought the Committee's support of the preferred option to resolve the situation.

Copies of the plans and aerial photographs of the proposals were displayed and explained at the meeting. Members discussed the options in detail and asked a number of questions relating to the existing footpath and the reasons for diverting it.

The Committee asked that the farmer of be reminded of his obligation to re-instate the existing line of Footpath 86 until such time as any diversion is confirmed. Furthermore, that any interference with the new route by the farmer will not be tolerated.


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