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Removal of footpath Pirbright Common (FOI241211)

This Freedom of Information request asks for details about the removal of a footpath that traverses across Pirbright Common to east of Deepcut.

Request for information - Ref No: FOI241211


We received your request on 10 January 2024.

We have handled your request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

A copy of your request is set out in the extract below:

“I am interested in the history of a footpath that is present on the 1971 OS 1 inch map series but is no longer present on the modern OS map. The track traverses across the Pirbright Common danger area to east of Deepcut and used to starts at approximately SU915579 and ends at a place labeled Furze Farm. I've attached a screengrab of the area from the 1971 one inch to the mile series (Sheet 169 - Aldershot - B Edition). I am interested in any records you hold about the removal of this footpath (especially any correspondence on it's removal) and also the last map that it appears on.”

Our response

I confirm that Ordnance Survey does not hold the information you have requested as it does not hold records regarding the removal of the footpath or when the footpath was last shown on 1:50,000 mapping.

Advice and Assistance

However, under the duty to provide information and assistance in accordance with section 16 of FOIA, we can provide the following information which may assist you in this matter:

The National Archives (TNA) at Kew may hold records regarding the removal of the footpath. You may wish to therefore contact TNA for further information on this, contact details can be found on their website here: The National Archives.

In addition, Surrey County Council may have a copy of the order to close this footpath in their archives. You may wish to contact SCC for further information on this, contact details can be found on their website here: Surrey County Council

Please note, I am unable to confirm whether the above will be able to help you with the information you have requested.

Internal review

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 Freedom of Information (FOI) request, as follows:

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

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The Internal Review Officer will either: uphold the original decision, provide an additional explanation of the exemption/s applied or release further information, if it is considered appropriate to do so.

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