Anyone visiting the Schoolhouse bridge near Crickheath will see a very official looking notice posted at the restoration site.
The Secretary of State gives notice of the proposal to make an Order under section 247 of the above Act to authorise the stopping up of two part-widths of Long Lane, at the site of the former School House Bridge, at Oswestry in Shropshire.
…but what does it mean?
Mr Michael Limbrey chairman of the Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust and expert at legal speak explained.
‘Stopping Up’ is the term for removing highway rights. At the moment the public have rights to use all the highway across the whole width of the embankment. As the bridge will be narrower than the embankment, what happens to those highway rights at each side where there will be no structure on which to walk or drive? They have to be ‘stopped up’!
So the new bridge will be slightly narrower than the existing highway. Beside the notice is a plan highlighting the areas that will be ‘stopped up’.
DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990
The Secretary of State gives notice of the proposal to make an Order under section 247 of the above Act to authorise the stopping up of two part-widths of Long Lane, at the site of the former School House Bridge, at Oswestry in Shropshire. If made, the Order would authorise the stopping up only to enable development as permitted by Shropshire Council under reference 19/03372/FUL. Copies of the draft Order and relevant plan may be obtained, free of charge, from the addresses stated below (quoting NATTRAN/WM/S247/4510) in the 28 days commencing on 10 February 2021.
Any person may object to the making of the proposed order by stating their reasons in writing to the Secretary of State at firstname.lastname@example.org or National Transport Casework Team, Tyneside House, Skinnerburn Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7AR, quoting the above reference. Objections should be received by midnight on 10 March 2021. Any person submitting any correspondence is advised that your personal data and correspondence will be passed to the applicant/agent to be considered. If you do not wish your personal data to be forwarded, please state your reasons when submitting your correspondence.