4Closure of footpaths
(1) Subject to paragraph (3), an inspector may, where he thinks it expedient for preventing the spread of Phytophthora kernovii from plants or trees adjoining or within the vicinity of a footpath or any part of a footpath within the management zone, close that footpath or part of a footpath in accordance with paragraph (2).
(2) An inspector shall close a footpath or part of a footpath under paragraph (1) by displaying such notices at points of entry to the footpath as appear to the inspector to be reasonably necessary to notify persons wishing to use the footpath of its closure.
(3) Closure of a footpath under paragraph (1) shall not prevent an occupier of premises, or any person who is treated as his visitor for the purposes of the Occupiers' Liability Act 1957, from using the footpath for the purpose of gaining access to those premises, or to any part of those premises, where his or their only means of access to the premises is by virtue of the footpath.
(4) An inspector may revoke a closure of a footpath or any part of a footpath under paragraph (1) by removing or causing to be removed all notices displayed in accordance with paragraph (2).
(5) Where an inspector closes a footpath under paragraph (1) or revokes a closure of a footpath under paragraph (4) he shall—
(a) give notice of such closure or revocation to the highway authority for the footpath; and
(b) publish notice of such closure or revocation in a local newspaper circulating in the area in which the footpath is situated.
Specified date: 21 December 2004: see art 1(1).