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Save North Stainley Footpath

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Do you value the footpath around the field between North Stainley and the river (known as Dunkirk)?

You will be aware that the footpath has been ploughed in this year, gates locked, barbed wire erected and ‘keep out’ signs fitted.

Whether you were a regular user, just went for an occasional stroll, or just liked to know that it was there, please sign our petition to show your support for getting it reinstated. Get your family and friends from the village to sign it as well.

The petition will not carry any legal weight, but if we can demonstrate to the Parish Council that the residents value this amenity, then they might support an application to North Yorkshire County Council that could lead to the footpaths being reinstated.

If a footpath has been used for more than 20 years, as this footpath has, then a ‘definitive map modification order’ can be applied for, and if successful, this will make the footpaths permanent rights of way. If you recall the footpath being in use for 20 years or more, or know someone who does, please send your name and address to, as this will add weight to the application.

It’s not just dog walkers who use the field, it is also birdwatchers, fishermen, runners and joggers of all ages, families going for a stroll after Sunday lunch, children going exploring, caravaners from Slenningford Caravan Park enjoying the countryside etc. The footpath is surely one of North Stainley’s premium assets and benefits the health and well-being of many residents.

This footpath provides the only access to the river from the village, which, for a riverside village, seems to be something of value in itself.

Please support this petition.

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