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Two-day inquiry into footpath diversion order required to enable the Ministry of Defence’s strategically important live firing ranges at Middlewick to be enclosed by a security fence.

The proposal was hotly contested by a number of local residents on the basis that the public would be excluded from open space to which they had enjoyed permissive access for many decades.

Charles Banner appeared for the Ministry of Defence, calling Lt Col Simon Lloyd MBE RA (Commander of Defence Training Estate – East) and Colonel Tom Fleetwood (Commander of Colchester Garrison) to explain why security and health & safety issues necessitated the erection of the fence and the diversion of the footpath.

On 23rd April 2010 the Inspector issued his decision, upholding the Ministry of Defence’s submissions and confirming the Order.

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