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Council to seek Gilkicker rights of way

The council is to seek more protection for walking routes around Fort Gilkicker, following calls from residents.

 

Since the owner of the fort, Fort Gilkicker Developments Ltd, started work on a residential scheme, many local people have been concerned about access to the area.

 

This was a major topic at a public meeting held by the council at Thorngate Halls on Monday night.

 

Before development work started, the council imposed a covenant that preserves the right for walkers to use a route on FGDL land, along Military Road and around the north-west side of the fort.

 

However, many residents have expressed concerns that more protection is needed for routes regularly used by the public.

 

The council will now work with residents on an application to Hampshire County Council to have two routes officially made into public rights of way.

 

Cllr Mark Hook, Leader of the Council, said: "We're grateful to the 200 residents who came to the meeting. We listened carefully to what they had to say.

 

"One of the top concerns they had was protecting the paths. We're happy to act on this, and to take the lead on applying for public right of way status for these routes.

 

"To do this, we'll need residents to help by providing evidence about the use of the routes."

 

The council will seek to have these routes made public rights of way:

 

  • part of the Solent Way, running from the west of the fort, along its south side and east side, before joining Military Road and then Fort Road
  • the route from GAFIRS at the west side of the fort which loops around the north-west of the site, joining Military Road

 

 

Details of how to support the application will be posted soon on the Fort Gilkicker development information page
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