BIGGIN HILL; FROM FOOTPATH TO BRIDLEWAY

For over thirty years people have been riding horses and bikes along footpath 275, which runs from Jail Lane, Biggin Hill, in between Foal Farm animal sanctuary and Cherry Lodge golf course, to an area of off road riding called the Strawberry Fields, believing it to be a bridleway. Recently Bromley Council have seen fit to erect barriers at either end thus rendering the path inaccessible to riders and wheelchair users. The only access to our nearest off road riding is now along Biggin Hill's Main Road or through the lanes at Berry's Green. The lanes are carrying an ever increasing amount of traffic; with the introduction of the LEZ the amount of lorries using back roads is ever increasing, and possibly endangering riders lives. Please sign our petition to attempt to change the status of the footpath to bridleway!For a map of the bridleway check this link; http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srfx=543250&y=158750&z=110&sv=543250,1587

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This petition is for any/all horse riders, cyclists and anyone who believes more should be done to promote safer outdoor recreation.

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    Jean Seager, United Kingdom

    6 years ago Comments: Riders are allowed to use this path by permission of the landowner which is Foal Farm, so the council had no right to close it. It also has established use going back many decades when I believe it was an ancient byway used by farm traffic - it is about 10 feet wide in parts. As such horses would have been permitted to use it. As far as I know, it has been redesignated a footpath by the council in recent years, which constitutes a change of use.
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    Sue Ritchie, United Kingdom

    6 years ago Comments: I have been using this route for years without endangering or upsetting anyone and I think this chamge is unjustied and unneccessary. Furthermore it is counterproductive as we cyclists and horseriders will now be forced onto the road thus slowing down motor vehicles. this is contrary to your requirements under the traffic Management Act which states that Highway Authorities must take measures to reduce congestion and meet the needs of vulnerable users of the Highway.
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    Sue Ritchie, United Kingdom

    6 years ago Comments: I have been using this route for years without endangering or upsetting anyone and I think this chamge is unjustied and unneccessary. Furthermore it is counterproductive as we cyclists and horseriders will now be forced onto the road thus slowing down motor vehicles. this is contrary to your requirements under the traffic Management Act which states that Highway Authorities must take measures to reduce congestion and meet the needs of vulnerable users of the Highway.
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