The Howard Partnership Trust (which runs the Howard of Effingham School) is proposing that footpath 75, which runs along the eastern side of the hedge which is part of the parish boundary between Effingham and Little Bookham, is closed during the daytime (07:30 to 18:00), during the School terms (Monday to Friday). The closure would be made under a Traffic Regulation Order.
Footpath 75 runs from the junction of footpaths 118, 119 and 73 to Lower Road. Footpaths 118 and 73 are part of the Bishops walk between the two churches in Little Bookham and Effingham. The southern part of the footpath, there is a hedge between the Howard of Effingham School land on the west side, and land believed to belong to Little Bookham Church on the east side. The footpath continues along the parish boundary to Lower Road, crossing school playing fields either side of the footpath (the hedge been removed on the northern section). All of the footpath is in Mole Valley District.
Details of the route can be viewed on Surrey County Council interactive map at www.surreycc.gov.uk/maps/surrey-interactive-map
The Trust has not provided any other alternative route for Effingham Residents who regularly use the footpath to access Little Bookham, the Garden Centre in Lower Road, or for a walk down to Oaken Wood or Effingham ponds. A detour along public footpath 118 to Church Street and then along Lower Road is approximately 1.16km long. There is a shorter route for those who care to risk walking down the road in Manorhouse Lane.
The Trust states that the reason for the closure is for the safety of students at the School, and claim that fencing is impractical.
At present there are no formal notices on the Surrey County Council website.