Public inquiry begins into Snettisham beach footpath

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The future of a coastal footpath will be decided at a planning inquiry next week.

On Tuesday, a planning inspector will begin to hear evidence on whether a section of Snettisham beach footpath should be added onto the definitive map.

The path has been at the centre of an ongoing row between the parish council and beach property owners.

Snettisham Parish Council says the area was historically used as a footpath while a number of property owners say that this section is private property and was never a footpath.

Parish council chairman Eric Langford is urging people to come along to the six-day inquiry.

Mr Langford said: “The parish council has been trying since 2000 to establish that people have the right to walk there and now we have the opportunity at last for an independent to make a decision.

“This is an ancient footpath that has been walked for generations and everyone who walks along it does it for the pleasure of looking out to those beautiful sunsets for views of the birds on the mudflats.

“This is an asset that should be enjoyed by the public every day of the year.”

The council has received photographic and video evidence of the path’s use following an appeal in the Lynn News.

Hearings in the Memorial Hall will start on Tuesday at 10am. The inquiry will run between Tuesday and Friday. It wil continue on Tuesday and Wedneday, June 17 and 18.