Somerset County Council
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Apply for a temporary closure of a right of way

 

It is sometimes necessary to close a public right of way temporarily for development, forestry operations or maintenance of utilities. Wherever possible an alternative route should be provided. 

The length of temporary closures varies from 5 days to a maximum of 6 months. Closure notices are advertised in newspapers and copies of the notice and a map are posted on site. 

Anyone can apply to temporarily close a public right of way although it is usually utility companies and developers.

You must fill in a Temporary Closure Application Form to apply for this.  Please contact us to be sent a form.

Current cost, which is subject to change by administration and legislative changes, typically includes costs for administration and advertisement. 

The cost is currently £800 (under review), which must be paid in advance by cheque, made payable to Somerset County Council.

Timescales vary for the different types of closure. For full details please contact us. 

We will process your application and may contact you if we need more information. We will tell you the date the temporary closure becomes active. 

Contacts

Contact: Rights of Way
Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton TA1 4DY
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Fax:01823 356114
Email: rightsofway@somerset.gov.uk  

Customer Contact opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.
Rights of Way opening hours:Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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