Twitten Ditty

There are 2 km of Public Rights of Way (PROW's) on the Cambridge road estate. These were entered on the Definitive Map last year, after correspondence between myself, the borough Highways department and the Secretary of State. My application to have them recognised - with help from Sunflower Streets residents assoc. -  was perhaps a pyrrhic victory, as the planning application to  approve the regeneration of the estate will remove them through STOP orders.

But they won't be forgotten and those wishing for further discussion including information on  Radburn Lines, can obtain 'A Little Book About Paths', available for purchase on Ebay.


One positive outcome has been the post of a Rights of Way Officer for Kingston and Sutton with the two boroughs contributing £25,000 each.  This means the 'Rights of Way Improvement Plan,' 2009 might at last recieve attention. This is timely as there are many examples of PROW's no longer usable such as the dog -leg between Kingston Vale and Robin Hood Lane, where bamboo and fly-tipping from residents gardens fills the route. The problem of  smashed finger posts also requires attention.

If you want to track your local paths, the Ordinance Survey map would be the first port of call but these can be ~ five years out of date or more although there is probably an electronic 'master' version that is updated whenever the OS is notified of changes. Some paths on maps are shown as an off-line route which is the one walked rather than the definitive line.

Find My Street - is very useful to identify the PROW's and help identify private tracks.

Google Earth - is useful as the aerial view can reveal hidden features confirmed by switching to Streetview.

Historic maps -Old and the National Library of Scotland

 By using old maps and the OS map, it is possible to track the history of any path and identify when it 'fell off the map'. If the path appears on the early maps but not on the later ones, it suggests it never made it onto the Definitive Map and then were not included on the OS map.

Information courtesy of Ramblers 'Don't lose your way campaign which has so far found nearly 50,000 PROW miles missing from the Definitive Map of England and Wales and its now racing to save these by 2026. There is also 'Rights of Way: Restoring the Record', Bucks and Wadey as well as  the classroom of 'Bitter Experience'.Although this was sweetened by the compensation received from the Local Authority after my journey walking through  the corridors of bureaucratic dysfunction described below in the Ditty.

Read with beer

 In eighteen hundred and fifteen,
I swung my horse by the Tadlow shabeen*
Enquiring for the head cheese (name of Louise) what does this all mean?
such a massive enclosure of our perambulatory scene.
2 km of paths, alleys and corridors,
used by neighbours and herbivores,
pavement plants, house sparrows and jackdaws,
a loss of amenity the size of a golf course.

I took my case to the Kingston Lodge.
I spoke to a Highwayman name of Rodge,
Six months later came a judgemental bodge.
"This applicants assertions aren't worth a splodge".
The Guild of Nobsworths state "the paths are a restricted area"
there are merely short links for residents from CREST and CREARA
so stuff your application up your posteria
we won't countenance your pathway Nirvania.
I sent my appeal to the inspector of Head Cheeses.
S/he was like a mini-Jesus,
by achieving apologies and compensation
I bought a new frock and celebrated my newly acquired dispensation.
Then to Appeal to the Secretary of State
A Whom, Them & Theirs appeal in Triplicate
Once received by them in the Kingston Lodge
tehy sent returned evidence of a megalithic bodge. 
"we had outside oversight in February"
by consultants working for the 'enemy'
who found the paths have default protection as Public Rights of Way
but we haven't updated the Definitive Map since Nineteen Ninetay.
Now we have reached a large impasse
along the 2 km of pathsways you shall not pass
as we are applying for a 'STOP ORDER'  for the paths
so we will have the very last of the laughs.

* Names and dates have been changed to maintain anonymity
Any resemblance to persons living or dead is sheer coincidence
No frocks were harmed in the appeal process
Ballards always begin in 1800 and something


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