Footpath warning

27 August 1999

Footpath warning

FOOTPATHS and bridleways must be restored after ploughing or farmers risk prosecution and heavy fines for obstructing rights of way, the Country Landowners Association has warned.

"Most farmers are aware of their responsibilities but, at a very busy time of year, it is all too easy to forget to restore a rarely-used footpath after cultivation," said a CLA spokesman.

Under the governments ploughing code, producers must restore cross-field paths which cannot be conveniently avoided, and for which there is a statutory right to plough, within the legal time limit of 14 days of the first disturbance and 24 hours of any subsequent disturbance. &#42

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