Footpaths (Definitive Maps)

Oral Answers to Questions — Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1964.

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Photo of Mr Carol Johnson Mr Carol Johnson , Lewisham South 12:00 am, 24th November 1964

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government when he expects publication of all the county definitive footpath maps provided for under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act, 1949, to be completed.

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

My right hon. Friend cannot say when these maps will all be completed. The rate of progress depends largely on the objections raised and the number of council staff available for the work. Over three-quarters of the county councils now have definitive maps for the whole or part of their areas.

Photo of Mr Carol Johnson Mr Carol Johnson , Lewisham South

As this process has already taken three times as long as the period envisaged in the Act, will my hon. Friend's right hon. Friend use his influence and powers to get this completed as soon as possible?

Photo of Mr James MacColl Mr James MacColl , Widnes

I recognise my hon. Friend's particular interest in this matter. I would welcome any advice and help which he could give us about it. But, as at present advised, my right hon. Friend thinks it better not to overload quarter sessions with many appeals and have badly prepared plans before the final decisions are reached.