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Dunnington Parish Council

Public Rights of Way

There are some six miles or so of public rights of ways (footpaths and bridleways) in the Parish, details of which can be found on the Footpaths map.

We try and monitor the state of the public rights of ways on a regular basis and as of May 2021 the items on the Public Rights of Way Outstanding Items list, below, have been reported to City of York Council. These are still outstanding awaiting their action to address the matters.

Public Rights of Way Outstanding Items
  • 14/1/10 - Collapsed stile across field from York Road.
  • 14/2/10 - Path obstruction by fallen tree leading from Stamford Bridge Road (reported to CoYC on 14/02/22).
  • 14/3/10 - Step to be installed at stile on Eastfield Lane.
  • 14/4/10 - The gates at each end (Eastfield Lane and Stamford Bridge Road) of the footpath need repairing and/or replacing.
  • 14/4/10 - Finger post leading from Eastfield Lane is broken.
  • 14/5/10 - Finger post leading from Eastfield Lane is broken (reported to CoYC on 31/01/22).
  • 14/7/10 - Section of footpath impassable due to flooding (annual occurrence).
  • 14/8/20 - Various obstacles on footpath behind industrial units.
  • 14/9/10 - Finger post needs re-fixing on A1079.
  • 14/9/20 - Footpath blocked and requires opening up.
  • 14/9/30 - Footpath blocked and requires opening up.
  • 14/10/10 - Finger post missing on York Road.
  • 14/11/10 - Finger post missing on York Road.
  • 14/12/10 - Section of footpath subsided.
  • 14/15/10 - Section of footpath impassable due to flooding (annual occurrence).

If we have overlooked anything please let us know via our contact page. Or if you come across any new items that need attending to please inform City of York Council first, their contact details can be found below, and also let us know via our contact page so that we can update our Public Rights of Way Outstanding Items list.

If you come across any problems with a public right of way such as damaged signs, blocked access or permanent flooding, to give some examples, you can report these to City of York Council on 01904 551550 or rightsofway@york.gov.uk.

Outstanding Matters

A Definitive Map Modification Order (DMMO) is a process by which a claim can be made for an unrecorded right of way. Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website

As at December 2020 there are three outstanding DMMO’s which affect our Parish, albeit two of them are actually just in Kexby and Scoreby Parish, but will be of general interest to local residents.

All these documents are in the public domain and can be found on the City of York Council website.

Dunnington Parish

DMMO - Dunnington Footpath 7 to Common Road:

On 25 June 2021 City of York Council sealed a definitive map modification order recording a public footpath from Common Road to Dunnington public footpath 7 (see letter dated 22 July 2021 (PDF file)).

Following the consultation period, which ended on 3 September 2021, a total of four objections were received. City of York Council is now trying to contact people who have used this route during the period 1984-2004, and completed a user evidence statement form, to conduct witness interviews to build up a fuller picture of how the route was used. As objections have been received this matter will need to go to the Secretary of State for determining which will not be until the beginning of next year at the earliest.

In the meantime if anyone would like to complete a user evidence statement form (PDF file) for the period 1984-2004 they can still do so in accordance with the guidance notes (PDF file). At present the Statement of Case is being written and assembled by the City of York Council and once it has been sent to the Secretary of State they will respond regarding further proceedings.

Kexby and Scoreby Parish

The local public inquiry in respect of the two cases below was held by the Inspector for the Secretary of State on Tuesday 7 June 2022 and lasted for three and a half days. Unfortunately the Definitive Map Officer at the City of York Council cannot give a clear answer on the timeframe for a decision, as this varies between Inspectors and cases depending on how much evidence has been presented at the inquiry, which can be from a few weeks to a few months. City of York Council will provide this information as soon as it is available.

The two documents below provide further details.

Public Right of Way notices and documents: 

Our previous update can be found on our most recent article on the matter: Access to Hagg Wood.

The DMMO Process and Information

There is a due process to follow which could take at least two years to complete in circumstances where an objection is made in respect of any particular DMMO. Please use the following link to access the City of York Council DMMO Process document (PDF file).

Further information about DMMOs and other aspects of the legal process can be found at http://www.york.gov.uk/definitivemap.

In addition, all the notices for ongoing DMMO cases can be found at http://www.york.gov.uk/prownotices

Contact at City of York Council

If you would like to find out more about any aspect of public rights of ways and/or DMMOs you can contact the Definitive Map Team (Russell Varley and Lauren Grindley) by emailing them on rightsofway@york.gov.uk. Alternatively you can call City of York Council on 01904 551550 and asked to be put through to them or write to them at City of York Council, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA.