TOWN councillors are to discuss whether to apply to register a path as a public right of way.

A total of 16 residents have contacted Knutsford Town Council over the closure, by a locked gate, of a path connecting Bexton Lane to existing rights of way via a bridge over the railway line.

The residents say they have enjoyed use of the path, and are asking the council to submit a claim for the path to be registered as a public right of way.

The issue is due to be discussed by the town council’s Environment Committee at 7pm next Monday, June 8.

Knutsford Guardian:

Town clerk Adam Keppel-Green said in a report to the committee: “Whilst recognising that the path falls outside the town boundary, those claiming the right are Knutsford residents, and consequentially it is inherently in the town council’s remit to make representations to protect its residents’ rights.”

Walker Fiona Harrison contacted the Guardian recently to call for a newly-installed locked gate across the path to be opened to allow people to continue to use it.

Fiona, from Knutsford, said she used the path off Bexton Lane leading to the railway line at least once a day, until finding it closed off by a padlocked metal gate topped with barbed wire.

Knutsford Guardian:

The path has been installed at the Bexton Lane side of the bridge over the railway line.

The meeting is being held online via Zoom, and the public can watch it live, or at your leisure, on the town council’s Facebook page.

You can connect via Zoom to raise questions or submit comments during the public participation time – the council will not be able to see you as it will be audio only.