Application for motor traffic to use the Salt Way turned down
Oxfordshire County Council has rejected a bid by the Trail Riders Felllowship to open up the Salt Way track to motorised access.
OCC's decision notice says:
"Stonesfield 9, Spelsbury 31&32 and Chipping Norton 4&5. From the Over Norton / Chipping Norton parish boundary near Chapel House at SP329278 to the road near Callow Farm Stonesfield at SP395181
"Oxfordshire County Council hereby gives notice that the above application submitted by Mr P Cole on behalf of the Trail Riders Fellowship on 30 March 2006, for an Order under Section 53(2) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to modify the Definitive Map and Statement has been determined... The Council has determined that no Order to modify the Definitive Map and Statement will be made as the rights claimed by the application were extinguished by the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006."
The detailed report by Mike Walker, Principal Officer, Countryside Records at OCC, refutes the arguments made by the TRF. It concludes that the primary use of this and other routes in the five years before 2006 was not for motor traffic and says that "insufficient evidence has been put forward by the applicants to support any contention that an exemption does apply".