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Windmill Hill footpath dispute update

  • Author: Anne Cleaver
  • Published: 25th August 2020
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Windmill Hill footpath dispute update

Access to the footpath at the top of Windmill Hill, overlooking Clanfield and Chalton, seems to be going the right way with the removal of a barrier across the path of this popular right of way.

Last week Clanfield Online reported Windmill Hill dispute on an escalation in the footpath dispute. We are now pleased to say that the metal skip, previously in the centre of the path, has been relocated to the grass verge and, the undergrowth surrounding it, has been removed.

Unfortunately, the signage stating there is ‘no public right of way’ is still on the fence in front of the windmill property. Hampshire County Council website states “Signs or notices that misinform or discourage public use should not be placed on public rights of way.” We understand that HCC Rights of Way has received a record number of complaints from this public about this ongoing dispute.

The official HCC footpath signs and posts have yet to be reinstated, but we hope this will follow quickly. In the meantime, a path warden has repainted the yellow arrows on gates and fence posts to assist walkers.

The Hampshire County Council definitive map shows there is a public footpath route past this iconic building in the South Downs National Park.

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Windmill Hill footpath dispute update

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