Telford’s Reject

This postcard shows the line of the Morpeth – Coldstream – Edinburgh road before various stretches were bypassed by Thomas Telford’s ‘mail road’ improvements in the 1820s. Heading north, this stretch leaves the mail road (the A697), at Rimside, just past the crossroad with the B6341 (which is the Corn Road, a story for another day), and runs as poor blacktop past Thrunton Wood, then as a green unclassified road to Whittingham Lane (a settlement has taken the road’s name), and as this blacktop down to Whittingham (that is ‘whittin-jam’, hereabouts).

Whittingham Lane Bank

It is then decent blacktop to Glanton (where the road off to the left is still called West Turnpike), and back to the mail road at Powburn.

Whittingham Lane

Two Tries. Two Failures. Try Again?

Blanchland Road: Two Tries. Two Failures. Try Again?
An order for BOAT fails. An objection in favour of restricted byway fails. A route is added as a public footpath.

  • Two orders.
  • Two Inspectors.
  • Two public inquiries.
  • One hearing.
  • four decision letters.
  • Well over 20 years, application to (this) outcome.

Sometimes an Inspector’s decision in a rights of way case seems to be so bad that you have to pinch yourself to be sure that you are not dreaming. This is a bad one. Sometimes it seems that the era of egregious decisions has passed. This one shows that it lingers on. In the annals of stinkers, this is as malodorous as Wood Lane, Jack Lane, and Mohope Moor (to name but three standouts over thirty years). Am I wrong? If I am please tell me where and how.

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Blanchland Road