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We reported in March that the Canal & River Trust (CRT) was planning to undertake work to repair badly damaged sections of the River Stort towpath adjacent to the northern section of the Thorley Wash Nature Reserve. I am pleased to report that this work has been completed to a good standard and that the… Continue reading


A footbridge in the Southern Country Park (SCP), Thorley, has recently been closed to the public due to structural problems. It takes a bridleway over the Spel Brook close to the old pond at the southern edge of the SCP. Fortunately, there is a short diversion available. HCC contractors have attempted to seal off the… Continue reading

Land around Thorley Hall: NOTICE OF LANDOWNER DEPOSITS under Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980 and Section 15A(1) of the Commons Act 2006

We’ve been contacted by several people enquiring about the purpose of the notices that have recently appeared in Thorley Parish. The notices (see photos) state that: “An application to deposit a map and statement under section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980 and deposit a statement under section 15A(1) of the Commons Act 2006 has… Continue reading

Hertfordshire County Council Diversion Order 2023 – (Sawbridgeworth Footpath 1, Thorley Bridleway 10 and Thorley Footpath 11)

We’ve recently received notification of a Diversion Order for three public rights of way on the Thorley / Sawbridgeworth parish border. The impacted rights of way link Thorley Church to the A1184 and are popular routes to the Thorley Wash Nature Reserve and River Stort. The diversions were first mooted several years ago when a… Continue reading

‘Lost’ paths – Parsonage Residents Association

As a follow up to our previous post, it’s great to see that the Parsonage Residents Association is taking the initiative to register a local ‘lost’ path that links Parsonage Lane to the Stansted Road. A key element to support any claim is local people providing written evidence that they have used the ‘lost’ section… Continue reading

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