Regina (Ashbrook) v East Sussex County Council: CA 20 Nov 2002

The claimant complained that the respondent had failed properly to secure removal of an admitted obstruction to a public footpath. The landowner had applied for a diversion of the footpath, which the respondent recommended for adoption, but the complainant had objected that the respondent had failed to follow its own policies, in that it should have considered first whether the obstruction could reasonably have been removed. The matter was to be referred to the Secretary of State for a possible public enquiry.
Held: The policy document was not formally adopted, but the council had not taken proper account of the existence of a continued flouting of a court order by the landowner, and the Order for diversion must be quashed and the Council must reconsider the application.

Lord Justice Dyson, Lord Justice Schiemann, Lady Justice Arden
[2002] EWCA Civ 1701, [2003] 1 P and CR 13
Highways Act 1980 119
England and Wales
CitedRegina v Westminster City Council Ex Parte Ermakov CA 14-Nov-1995
The applicant, having moved here from Greece, applied for emergency housing. The Council received no reply to its requests for corroboration sent to Greece. Housing was refused, but the officer later suggested that the real reason was that the . .
CitedRegina (Hargrave and Another) v Stroud District Council CA 22-Jul-2002
The applicants had sought to vary a footpath to move it further away from their house. The parish council objected. The council had decided that it would be expedient under the Act to divert it, but went on to decide against a diversion and against . .
CitedRegina v London Borough of Newham and Manik Bibi and Ataya Al-Nashed CA 26-Apr-2001
CS The housing authority had mistakenly thought that it was obliged to re-house the applicants under the Act with secure accommodation, and promised them accordingly.
Held: That promise had created a . .

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Updated: 31 October 2021; Ref: scu.178439