A section of path in Aberaeron used for decades will be added to the official Public Rights of Way map.

Aberaeron Town Council’s application to add a section of footpath at Penycarreg to the definitive map has been approved by Ceredigion County Council’s cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday (October 6).

Official policy requires evidence of a path being used for more than 20 years and in this case some one person remembers using it to get to school in 1952.

A report to cabinet includes reference to eight user evidence forms submitted with the application with reference to its used to get to school, shops and work for as long as 70 years.

Although the route has changed slightly or been blocked at some points, it is widely regarded as a public route.

This was backed up by observation of the route which showed “it is well used by the public at large,” said cabinet member for economy and regeneration Cllr Rhodri Evans.

Cllr Elizabeth Evans, local member, supports the application and noted she and others had used for as long as she could remember, and there were no objections received during the consultation exercise, including from the Craft Centre, the landowner.

Cabinet approved a recommendation to “make an Order under Section 53 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to add Public Footpath 43/30 at Penycarreg, Aberaeron on the Definitive Map and Statement.”

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