Fear of footpath security risk

20th September 1996 at 01:00
Wiltshire County Council was due to decide today whether to lobby for a change in the law to make school security the prime consideration for authorities deciding whether footpaths should become legally mapped rights of way.

The proposal has been made by Wiltshire's chief education officer, Dr Lindsey Davies, and follows the outcry over the proposed mapping of a path that runs 10 yards away from Wardour primary school near Tisbury.

The school's governors, head and parents were upset at the prospect of more walkers tramping alongside the playground.

After the Dunblane massacre, Gillian Shephard, Secretary of State for Education and Employment, established a working group on school security. "Regrettably, the group did not recommend changes to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Highways Act 1980," said Dr Davies.

The controversy has been such that councillors recommended the path be put on the map while simultaneously inviting the school to apply for a diversion order.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today