Saturday, 28 November 2015

Good News for Cowpen Ward in Blyth

News for Cowpen Ward
Malvin Close public right of way re-opening moves closer with January 2016 launch

Labour Councillor for Cowpen Ward Susan Davey welcomed the latest moves to re-open Malvin Close public footpath after its closure to allow for housing development. Cllr Davey worked very closely with Labour’s Cllr Gordon Webb and Labour’s Town Councillor Bob Parker to highlight and tackle the issue.

The matter was considered at the Planning and Rights of Way Committee at its meeting on 8 September 2015 and members on the committee resolved to make an order to record the route as a footpath. This smooths the way to advertise the order to re-open the path in January 2016 and if there are no objections, the council will formally record the path be included on the Definitive Map as a public footpath.

This comes after a concerted effort for the Labour party in Blyth to make sure the developer was aware of the importance of the path to the local community and Councillor Davey also highlighted ‘community frustration at the slow pace of development by the developer’. She’s pledged to make sure officers of the County Council ensure the developer makes the route available for public use ‘as soon as possible’.

Cllr Davey said
“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Labour’s Cllr Ian Swithenbank who is responsible for this portfolio at County Hall, County Councillor Gordon Webb and Town Councillor Robert Parker, Cowpen Ward, whose assistance with this case has been undeniably helpful. Also, may I personally thank Councillor Milburn Douglas, who considered the full case and the benefits to the community of Cowpen, placing them paramount in his thoughts at the Committee meeting. Residents can be sure that we’ll continue to stand up for them at County Hall.  

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