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Future of Market Deeping footpath linking Godsey Lane and Jubilee Drive has been resolved

The future of a footpath in Market Deeping has finally been resolved after almost a three-and-half year battle.

The footpath, linking Jubilee Drive to Godsey Lane around the side of Tesco, had been the subject of calls by Market Deeping Town Council to secure a suitable solution after it was blocked by new homes.

After a heated public enquiry last August led by independent planning inspector, Mark Yates, he has ordered the footpath to be altered to a Tarmac surface with a width of two metres.

The footpath linking Jubilee Drive and Godsey Lane
The footpath linking Jubilee Drive and Godsey Lane

The news has been welcomed by town councillor Adam Brookes (Lib Dem), who spearheaded the campaign to get the footpath changed.

Coun Brookes said: "The orders that have been confirmed will make the route that now exists on the ground the official new legal route of the path. This becomes effective in 28 days.

"The efforts of the town council have helped to secure a wider and safer to use path."

Thanking those who had helped, Coun Brookes said he was glad that there was now certainty for those affected, adding: "It remains disappointing that such a long and complex legal process has had to be navigated in order to secure this footpath which, while certainty not perfect, is much more suitable than what the county council was originally prepared to accept from Persimmon [the developer who built the new homes that obstructed the path].

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