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Don’t know the area but how many equestrians use/cross the A27??
That would seem the best approach but givens its the HE and Government money when does common sense come into it
Also last September there were two modifications orders to the NMU path that I have only just seen.
https://assets.highwaysengland.co.uk/ro ... h+MOD1.pdf
The biggest change is to its legal status, previously it would of been classified as a bridleway, however this has now been changed to a "Restricted Byway (without a right to drive animals)" aka No ridden animals, but you can lead an animal on foot. Making the change from Bridleway to Restricted Byway only really has 2 legal differences, one is that motor vehicles are prohibited by default unless other rights exist (its not nessicarlly illegal to drive on a bridleway), and the other being that the way has to be maintained for use by bicycles, bridleways don't, although this doesn't mean it has to be paved.
So it being legally a Restricted Byway makes sense, however explicit prohibition of "driven" animals doesn't. The order states the reason as "in order to avoid compromising the safety of equestrian users of the path during operation", which its a stupid reason unless another route for horses are provided. There are many E-W PRoW routes that horses can use south of the A27, however these are some distance away.
https://assets.highwaysengland.co.uk/ro ... h+MOD2.pdf
The other change is to what is actually being built that does also involve changing of some accesses. This only really notable change is that most of the "boardwalks" have been replaced by more sufficient bridges, and as such turning heads have been removed. This may of been a result of the new standards as set out in LTN 1/20 in July(?) last year.