Right of way reopened in Sutton Bridge

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Residents have won a new battle over a public right of way after the county council stepped in to ask Port Sutton Bridge to reopen a gate that was barring entry from Petts Lane onto the River Nene’s West Bank.

Protests came from Sutton Bridge Parish Council and South Lincs Environmental Group (SLEG).

Tom Rowe, SLEG chairman, told county council officials that a public inquiry in 1988 had established the route was open to all traffic.

Mr Rowe also asked for the removal of signs reading “Dead End as of 01-08-15” placed at the junctions of New Road/Petts Lane and West Bank/Petts Lane.

He said the gate had been recently put up by the port and was then chained and locked.

His wife Jenny, who also belongs to the environmental group, said the access was closed from August 3-7, but the signs that have remained are a problem.

She said: “I think the issue is now the misleading signs. I think anyone from away that wants to come through would be put off by their misleading signage.”

There was no one available at the port to comment.