Since 2014 we have been supporting a group of local residents who have been lobbying Network Rail for the re-opening of the pedestrian route through “Morewood Arch” from Bosville Drive to Morewood Close. This gave a good walking route to the railway station – and now would also give a walking route to the new(-ish) Lidl store.
Without any local consultation Network Rail decided to fence off the Arch, and later leased the land to a scaffolding firm for storage.
Kent County Council are now considering the residents’ claim of a public right of way on the basis of long-term open usage. To succeed it will need as many people as possible to confirm in writing that they used the Arch as a footpath and the rough period during which they used it. Please email secretary [at] srta [dot] org [dot] uk or comment here (your email address will not appear on the website).
We are not just seeking railway customers. Other past users of the footpath could include:
- people working for/with the fire brigade while living on the Lakes side of the Arch (expected to be able to reach the station within only a few minutes night or day)
- customers of the Halfway House
- employees and users of businesses on the London Road side of the Arch (remember that the Amherst Medical Practice used to be where the private clinic is now.
- employees and users of the magistrates court and the old police station.
Please help us re-instate this useful local facility!