This was a challenge to an Inspector’s decision to confirm a definitive map modification order. The Inspector accepted evidence that, during the relevant twenty year period, the way had been blocked by a locked gate every Christmas. However because she was not convinced that the public using the way had been aware of this, she declined to find that the landowner had established a lack of intention to dedicate. It was held that her decision was lawful. It had always been thought that annual closure of a path was a safe way of establishing a lack of intention to dedicate.
Richard Langham appeared for the claimant, on a public access basis.