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Public right of way

Ref No: FOI18812 – Request for information

Request

Thank you for your email of 28 January 2018 requesting information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000, as set out in the extract below:

On the London North Explorer Map 173 at 1:25,000 ©2006, at about grid reference xxxxxxxx, there is marked a short length of public footpath running mainly north-south between xxxxxxx and xxxxxx. This map indicates that it includes changes to rights of way notified to OS by 1 September, 2005. (N.B This footpath joins another public footpath running east-west; I’m *not* interested in this east-west path.)

I’m trying to establish, within as close as possible a range of dates, when OS would have been notified that this footpath was a public right of way. So my questions are:

1. On which edition of *any* map produced by the OS was this footpath first shown as a public right of way? And when was this map published; when was it last revisedl and up to what date does the map include changes to rights of way notified to OS?

2. Was the map in 1. above the very first edition of maps of the area to show public rights of way? And if not, when was the previous edition published, and when was this last revised, and up to what date does this map include changes to rights of way notified to OS?

Our response

I confirm that Ordnance Survey does hold some of the information you have requested. Where the information is not held this is stated. Taking each request in turn, I confirm the following:

Question 1:

  • Which edition of any map was the footpath first shown?
    The first edition to show the Public right of way you refer to in your request is Explorer 173 A edition.
  • When was the map published?
    1999.
  • When was it last revised?
    Revised in 1998.

  • Up to what date does the map include changes to rights of way?
  • The edition revised in 1998 included any Public Rights of Way changes notified to Ordnance Survey by the Local Authority dated 1 August 1998.

Question 2:

  • Was the map (in question 1) the first edition of maps of the area to show public rights of way?
    Public Rights of Way for the area you refer to in your request were previously covered by the Pathfinder Series sheet 1140 however I can confirm Ordnance Survey does not hold copies of this sheet.

    Explorer Map 173 A edition, as detailed in our response to question 1 above is the earliest map in which we have evidence of the Public Right of Way you refer to in your request. You may wish to contact Barnet Local Authority who may be able to provide further assistance.

  • If not, was the previous edition published?
    I can confirm the Pathfinder Series was published however, Ordnance Survey does not hold information for the date the Pathfinder Series Sheet 1140 was published.
  • When was this last revised?
    I can confirm Ordnance Survey does not hold this information, please see our response above.
  • Up to what date does this map include changes to rights of way notified to OS?
    I can confirm Ordnance Survey does not hold information, please see our response above.

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Your enquiry has been processed according to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000. If you are unhappy with our response, you may request an internal review with our Internal Review Officer by contacting them, within two months of receipt of our final response to your FOI request, as follows:

Internal Review Officer
Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
Adanac Drive
Southampton
SO16 0AS

Email: foi@os.uk

Please include the reference number above. You may request an internal review where you believe Ordnance Survey has:

  • Failed to respond to your request within the time limits (normally 20 working days)
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  • Failed to provide the information you have requested
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