​This is register of applications made under Section 53(5) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

We have a duty to make available to the public a register of  

  1. Outstanding applications made under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to either add, delete, downgrade, upgrade or realign any Public Rights of Way or remove any from the Merton Definitive Map and Statement.
  2. Declarations of Non-intent to dedicate Public Rights of Way under the Highways Act of 1980 made under Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980, by landowners, of routes that they acknowledge exist as Public Rights of Way (if appropriate) and a statement of their non-intent to dedicate any other routes that exist across their land.

Definitive records of Public Rights of Way can only be changed by statutory order, in accordance with prescribed legal processes. Orders are made by Merton Council who also have the duty to continuously review and update the Definitive Map and Statement so that it forms an accurate record of the Public Right of Way network.

Applicant Date Description (click link to read more)
R I Siegwart Ramblers Ass16 March 2006 Claimed Footpath from Cannon Hill Lane to Footpath No 54 at Whatley Avenue
R I Siegwart Ramblers Ass16 March 2006 Claimed Footpath from Joseph Hood Recreation Ground to Heath Drive
R I Siegwart Ramblers Ass16 March 2006 Claimed Footpath from Heath Drive to Cannon Hill Lane
R I Siegwart Ramblers Ass12 June 2006 Claimed Footpath from Grand Drive to site of footbridge over Pyl Brook
R I Siegwart Ramblers Ass12 June 2006Claimed Footpath from site of footbridge to site of lichgate
R I Siegwart Ramblers Ass1 April 2008Pyl Brook
Councillor Mary-Jane Jeanes30 Sept 2013Rookwood Avenue

Cannon Hill Lane to Whatley Avenue

  • Applicant - R I Siegwart Ramblers Ass 15 Buckleigh Ave SW20 9LD
  • Date - 16 March 2006
  • Application in correct format - Yes
  • Correct plan -
  • Certificate - Received 17 April 2007
  • Due decision date - 14 April 2008
  • Description - Claimed Footpath from Cannon Hill Lane to Footpath No 54 at Whatley Avenue
  • Status claimed - Footpath
  • Coordinates - TQ241684 to TQ238688
  • Decision -
  • Remarks - Under consideration

Joseph Hood to Heath Drive

  • Applicant - R I Siegwart Ramblers Ass 15 Buckleigh Ave SW20 9LD
  • Date - 16 March 2006
  • Application in correct format - Yes
  • Correct plan -
  • Certificate - Received 17 April 2007
  • Due decision date - 14 April 2008
  • Description - Claimed Footpath from Joseph Hood Recreation Ground to Heath Drive
  • Status claimed - Footpath
  • Coordinates - TQ239687 to TQ234684
  • Decision -
  • Remarks - Under consideration

Heath Drive to Cannon Hill Lane

  • Applicant - R I Siegwart Ramblers Ass 15 Buckleigh Ave SW20 9LD
  • Date - 16 March 2006
  • Application in correct format - Yes
  • Correct plan -
  • Certificate - Received 17 April 2007
  • Due decision date - 14 April 2008
  • Description - Claimed Footpath from Heath Drive to Cannon Hill Lane
  • Status claimed - Footpath
  • Coordinates - TQ234684 to TQ240682
  • Decision -
  • Remarks - Under consideration

Grand Drive to site of foot bridge over Ply Brook

  • Applicant - R I Siegwart Ramblers Ass 15 Buckleigh Ave SW20 9LD
  • Date - 12 June 2006
  • Application in correct format - Yes
  • Correct plan -
  • Certificate - Received 17 April 2007
  • Due decision date - 14 April 2008
  • Description - Claimed Footpath from Grand Drive to site of foot bridge over Ply Brook
  • Status claimed - Footpath
  • Coordinates - TQ235677 to TQ234676
  • Decision - 13/12/2007 Merton refused application
  • Remarks - Claim of use by public from more than 20 years before removal of footbridge. SoS dismissed appeal by Ramblers

Footbridge to site of lichgate and boundary of Morden Cemetery

  • Applicant - R I Siegwart Ramblers Ass 15 Buckleigh Ave SW20 9LD
  • Date - 12 June 2006
  • Application in correct format - Yes
  • Correct plan -
  • Certificate - Received 17 April 2007
  • Due decision date - 16 April 2008
  • Description - Claimed Footpath from site of footbridge to site of lichgate and boundary of Battersea NW Cemetery, (now called Morden Cemetery).
  • Status claimed - Footpath
  • Coordinates - TQ234676 to TQ233675
  • Decision - 13/12/2007 Merton refused application
  • Remarks - Claim of use by public from more than 20 years before removal of footbridge. SoS dismissed appeal by Ramblers

Pyl Brook

  • Applicant - R I Siegwart Ramblers Ass 15 Buckleigh Ave SW20 9LD
  • Date - 1 April 2008
  • Application in correct format - Yes
  • Correct plan -
  • Certificate - Received 1 April 2008
  • Due decision date - 31 march 2009
  • Description - From site of the old footbridge over Pyl Brook TQ234676 in a north westerly direction on the left hand side of the Pyl Brook to the site of an earlier footbridge at the boundary between sports fields thence in a south westerly direction on the left hand side of the drainage ditch between the sports fields to footpath 58 TQ229675 between Green Lane & Arthur Road
  • Status claimed - Footpath
  • Coordinates - TQ234676 to TQ229675
  • Decision -
  • Remarks - Under consideration

Rookwood Avenue

  • Applicant - Councillor Mary-Jane Jeanes Merton Civic Centre
  • Date - 30 September 2013
  • Application in correct format - Yes
  • Correct plan - Not enough detail
  • Certificate - Received 30 October 2013
  • Due decision date - 29 October 2014
  • Description - Claimed footpath from Rookwood Avenue to existing PRW 48 at the footbridge over the Beverly Brook via a route that is unclear on the map accompanying the application.
  • Status claimed - Footpath
  • Coordinates - not known
  • Decision -
  • Remarks - Revised plan received 31/10/13. Under consideration.