Lincolnshire County Council has recently made a modification order to add a public footpath to the definitive map and statement for Middle Rasen. Nothing unusual there, you say? Well no, not unusual, but worthy of note nonetheless.
The application was made in August 1987, and a determination to make the order in September 1988. Yes, thirty years from application to order.
The application is founded on user evidence in the period 1925-1955. In 1987 a person just in their majority in 1925 would be about 83 years of age. In 2017 they would be statistically dead. A person of similar age (21) in 1955 would now be 83.
Makes it rather difficult to validate this user evidence by examination and cross-examination …