Date: Sat 16 Jun 2018

Chichele field footpaths recommended for approval

We are delighted to report that Surrey County Council is recommending that three rights of way are recognised over Chichele field in Oxted. They are shown on the attached map.

The officer's recommendations are being considered by the County Council's Tandridge Local Committee at their meeting on Friday 22 June 2018. The meeting is open to the public. If you would like to attend, it is being held at Tandridge District Council Offices, Station Road East, Oxted starting at 10.15am. A copy of the agenda and the officer's report will be available 5 working days before the meeting on the Surrey County Council website.

The Tandridge Local Committee is made up of 6 Tandridge District Councillors and 6 Surrey County Councillors.

Any decision by the Local Committee is open to appeal, in which case the evidence then has to go before a Planning Inspector who may call a Public Inquiry.

OLRG made the application for the rights of way in 2013 after entrances to the field were blocked off with hoardings and barbed wire by Oxted Residential Limited so that residents could no longer access the land.

OLRG collected 74 statements from residents about their long standing usage of the field and, in November 2013, we submitted the rights of way application to Surrey County Council.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has given evidence and assisted with these applications and who has helped to make this happen.