‘Small victory’ in ongoing Snettisham beach sign row

Eric Langford
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A parish council chairman says a village has won a small victory in a long running row over signs at a West Norfolk beach.

Snettisham Parish Council chairman Eric Langford has welcomed a ruling by Norfolk county councillors over access signs on the village’s beach.

Parish councillors and beach property owners have been locked in a row over the signs, which were installed on the sea wall in 2010.

But on Tuesday members of the county council’s environment, transport and development working and scrutiny panel have decided the signs should be removed until after the outcome of the forthcoming public inquiry is known.

In June, a planning inspector will be deciding on whether a section of coastal footpath at the beach should be added onto the definitive map.

Parish councillors say this area has historically been used as a footpath but beach property owners say it is private land.

Speaking after Tuesday’s meeting, delighted Mr Langford said: “This is a small victory at last for the village which has had to put up with unauthorised signs at the beach.

“Hopefully this will have a positive input to the public inquiry when a decision will be made once and for all about the footpath as a public right of way and complete this part of the coastal route.”

The inquiry will be held in the Memorial Hall on June 10.