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Messages to the Ramblers Association from people at Snettisham

November 14, 2013

The Ramblers Association had a fit of the vapours following my blog yesterday on their utter failure to support the Villagers and ramblers of Snettisham in Norfolk.  It is quite clear that senior figures in the RA have been misled. Here are just a few of the very many comments I have received from local people.

richardsonlilian permalink

November 13, 2013 9:21 am


 This is a case of DO what I say and NOT what I do

Snettisham Footpath Public Inquiry is about a coastal footpath walked by Ramblers and is part of a published walk by them.

WHY is it not worthy of The Ramblers attendance?

Nirupama burchett permalink

November 13, 2013 12:10 pm

 The beach footpath is a valuable asset for the whole community. This amenity to which the public has had access for years, must not be allowed to be become private property and the village should be supported by the RA and the RSPB.

Eric Steinacker permalink

November 13, 2013 2:00 pm

 I have walked this path for some 40 years and my wife has walked some 50+ years.

There have been 350 or so user evidence forms completed by local people and held by Norfolk County Council supporting the application for this footpath.

The Ramblers association have published a walk taking the same route as the application route why are they not supporting the application when rambler members have been using it many times over many years?

Mick Thorpe permalink

November 13, 2013 4:14 pm

 We are saddened that the local Officer for the Ramblers Association (RA) does not feel that the Snettisham beach footpath is worth saving. At the outset of the campaign by the local villagers to keep this historic footpath open we were greatly supported by some members of the RA who were most helpful, attending meetings and filling in the evidence forms. We hate to think that all that hard work and effort will be in vane for the sake of a supportive statement from the RA. We always thought that part of the remit of the RA was to Keep Public Footpaths OPEN !

 Mick & Val Thorpe

Eric Langford

Submitted on 2013/11/13 at 5:20 pm

 The Norfolk County Council (NCC) solicitor agreed that the overwhelming evidence, collected and presented by the parish council, clearly justified the beach footpath having a “public right of way” status. Accordingly the NCC made an order for the beach footpath to be designated on the definitive map as a public right of way. A couple of caravan / chalet owners raised an objection, (detail unknown) and NCC have referred the matter to a government planning inspector enquiry.

 The fact that the Ramblers Assoc.will not support the application beggars belief!

With no support from the County Council or Ramblers Assoc., the villagers’ chances of convincing the planning inspector on the justification of the footpath as a public right of way are severly compromised.

 Come on Ramblers and help us fight for this footpath right to be a public right of way.

Hang on a minute, what the local RA have claimed is completely wrong!

nicki cross

Submitted on 2013/11/13 at 5:04 pm

 Hang on a minute, what the local RA have claimed is completely wrong!

 More people want the footpath, it’s only a few selfish individuals that do not want it!

 Heads of the RA and the RSPB for that matter should come out of their ivory towers and have a look for them selves.

Come on RA, support Snettisham footpath.

Clive Richardson

Submitted on 2013/11/13 at 4:53 pm

 I am disgusted and saddened to learn that the local RA in Norfolk are to lazy (or they own property at Snettisham beach) to go to the inquiry or even support this footpath that people have been using for hundreds of years!

 How can the local RA say that there is only a few individuals that want this as a footpath, it clearly shows from the petition that this is the other way round!

 What is even more shocking is the fact that senior members of the RA are clearly being fobbed off with factually incorrect information.


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