Public right of way temporary closures

Under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the Council has the power to make temporary traffic regulation orders to restrict or prohibit the use of a Public Right of Way. There are a number of different temporary closures that can be made:

  • temporary closure order, up to 6 months
  • emergency closure for emergency works, up to 5 days
  • emergency closure due to danger to the public not attributable to works, up to 21 days
  • temporary closure for a sporting or special event or entertainment, up to 3 days

Landowners or people undertaking works in the vicinity of a Public Right of Way, such as utility companies or contractors, can apply to the Council for a temporary closure. There is an administration fee to cover the full costs of making a closure and the applicant must also cover the advertising costs for a closure order. If the landowner or people undertaking the works do not apply for a closure, they may be liable for any injury or accident occurring to a member of the public using the Public Right of Way.

The process for temporary closures is outlined below:

  1. Application form submitted following discussion with officer
  2. Officer assesses need and alternative arrangements
  3. Closure notice or order is made and advertised, if necessary
  4. Closure notices remain on site for duration of closure

Full details of the legal process and application forms can be provided on request. For further information contact the Public Paths Orders Officer in the Public Rights of Way team. Details of the administration fee for temporary closures are available in the Public Rights of Way Charging Policy 2017 (PDF, 80KB).

Notices for current 6 month temporary closure orders

Accessibility statement

Because of the nature of Public Rights of Way closure documents, it is not possible in all cases to make them fully accessible. Should you require assistance to access the data contained in the PDF documents, please contact the Public Rights of Way team who will endeavour to provide assistance.

Long term closures

Sometimes environmental, legal or other reasons mean that a Public Right of Way has to be closed to the public for a long period of time. The table below shows information on the current long-standing closures and issues on Public Rights of Way in Cheshire East:

Public rights of way - reason for closures and progress on resolution
PROWReason for closureUpdate/progress towards resolution
Brereton Br31 No temporary closure is in place as the route is currently passable with care. Officers of the Public Rights of Way team are working out alternative options with Officers from the Council’s legal department.  The preferred option of the Environment Agency has been obtained.

Rainow FP37

The section of footpath through Ingersley Vale Mill is now satisfactory for public use.  The site owners are aware of this and no longer need to keep this section closed.  However, it will continue to remain closed (by Cheshire East Council) until a legal right of way is reinstated along the section destroyed by the landslip. To date, permissive path negotiations with the neighbouring landowner that could have provided a private path around the landslip section have stalled.  The ownership of the landslip area is now known.  Options to take a footpath across or around the landslip section are being examined.
Tabley Superior RB4 and
Mere RB2
M6 Hollow Wood Footbridge was the subject of impact damage following a road traffic accident. The bridge was fully removed at the time as the damage was too great for the bridge to be repaired economically. In response to an approach by the Cheshire East Local Access Forum, Highways England have indicated that feasibility works are planned in 2017/18, with design for a replacement bridge planned for 2018/19 and construction in 2019/20, subject to funding constraints.  A temporary closure order is in place.

Gating orders

Please see the Alley Gating Orders webpage for details.