Footpaths bid fails

A BID to have a series of walkways through an historic woodland in Hucknall recognised as public footpaths looks set to fail.

An application has been made to Notts County Council by the Friends Of Eelhole Wood — a group committed to the protection of green space behind Christchurch Road and Polperro Way.

Three routes into the woodland and an informal pathway around the site have been used for decades since housing was built in the area in the late 1970s.

Forty-eight walkers have submitted testimonials about how they use of the routes as part of an application to the county council to adjust maps to show public footpaths.

But it was recommended at a meeting of the council’s rights of way committee at County Hall on Wednesday that the use of the paths didn’t meet the criteria to become official access points.