Temporary path closure


For safety reasons we sometimes have to close paths during repairs, improvements or construction work. Longer term closures (21 days or more) can be viewed on our online map. All our current closures are listed below.

If you are planning work which affects a public right of way, you can also, 

Please also see our list of

Current closures

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Short-Term temporary Closures

The following is a list of Public Rights of Way that have been temporarily closed on a short term basis, either for a period of 5 days (followed by a possible second 5-day period immediately after) or a period of 21 days (followed by a possible second 21-day period immediately after).

5-day closures

  • None at present.

14-day closures

  • None at present.

21-day closures

42-day closures

  • None at present

Long-Term temporary Closures

The following is a list of Public Rights of Way that have been temporarily closed for a longer period of time using a temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TRO), initially lasting for 6 months which can be extended by agreement with The Planning Inspectorate.

  1. Barcombe Footpaths 46a, 46b (part) [1.6 MB] [pdf] Closed for an undertaking of an environmental upgrade scheme at Southern Water’s Barcombe New Wastewater Treatment Works
  2. Battle Footpath 76 [2.4 MB] [pdf] Closed during a housing development.
  3. Bexhill Footpaths 32b, 67a, 67b, 68a, 68b, 85a (part), 85b [716.9 KB] [pdf]. Closed during the construction of a housing development.
  4. Buxted Footpath 24 [633.7 KB] [pdf]. Closed due to a bank slippage.
  5. Buxted Footpath 44 [1.4 MB] [pdf] Closed due to a failed culvert.
  6. Camber Footpaths 3a, 8, 19a, 19b and also East Guldeford Footpaths 13a, 13b, Playden Footpaths 20b, 20c, and Rye Footpaths 6 and 7. [2.6 MB] [pdf]  Closed for river embankment raising works.
  7. Camber Footpaths 3b, 3c, 9a, 9b, 10 [1.4 MB] [pdf] Closed for river embankment raising works.
  8. Chailey Byway 8c,8d,8e,8f,8g,8h,8i (part). [271.6 KB] [pdf] Closed due to a dangerous bridge. Open to all users except vehicles and horse drawn carriages until repairs begin.
  9. Crowborough Footpath 15a [2.6 MB] [pdf] Closed during a housing development.
  10. East Guldeford Footpaths 13a, 13b,  and also Camber Footpaths 3a, 8, 19a, 19b , Playden Footpaths 20b, 20c, and Rye Footpaths 6 and 7. [2.6 MB] [pdf] Closed for river embankment raising works
  11. East Hoathly with Halland 1a (part) [2.0 MB] [pdf] Closed during a housing development.
  12. Ewhurst Footpath 1 [2.3 MB] [pdf]. Closed due to river bank failure.
  13. Hailsham Footpath 46a [1.6 MB] [pdf] Closed during the construction of a housing development.
  14. Hailsham Footpath 61b (part) [842.7 KB] [pdf] Closed during construction works
  15. Hamsey Footpath 24, 25a, 25b, and also Lewes Footpath 16b (part) [2.4 MB] [pdf] Closed while the Environment Agency carry out works for raising the flood bank of the River Ouse at Lewes to its original design level and associated works.
  16. Hastings Footpath 58a [396.9 KB] [pdf] Closed due to subsidence.
  17. Hastings Footpath 145 (part) [2.5 MB] [pdf] Closed during a housing development.
  18. Hastings Footpath 153 (part) - Closed due to landslip. 
  19. Heathfield and Waldron Footpath 40 [1.4 MB] [pdf]. Closed due to a damaged culvert.
  20. Hellingly Footpath 7a [2.1 MB] [pdf]  Closed for housing development.
  21. Lewes Footpath 4b (part) [1.8 MB] [pdf] Closed during the creation of a wetland.
  22. Lewes Footpath 16b (part), and also Hamsey Footpaths 24, 25a, 25b. [2.4 MB] [pdf] Closed while the Environment Agency carry out works for raising the flood bank of the River Ouse at Lewes to its original design level and associated works.
  23. Little Horsted Footpath 3 [329.9 KB] [pdf].  Closed during development works.
  24. Ninfield 8b - closed due to a missing bridge
  25. Ninfield Footpath 14a (part) [2.0 MB] [pdf]  Closed during a housing development. 
  26. Ninfield Footpath 14a (part), number 2 [345.3 KB] [pdf] Closed during a housing development
  27. Playden Footpaths 20b, 20c, and  also Camber Footpaths 3a, 8, 19a, 19, East Guldeford Footpaths 13a, 13b, and Rye Footpaths 6 and 7. [2.6 MB] [pdf]  Closed for river embankment raising works.
  28. Rye Footpaths 6 and 7, and also Camber Footpaths 3a, 8, 19a, 19, East Guldeford Footpaths 13a, 13b and Playden Footpaths 20b, 20c. [2.6 MB] [pdf]  Closed for river embankment raising works.
  29. Uckfield Footpaths 10b (part) and 11 (part) [488.1 KB] [pdf].  Closed during development works.
      - Further information [448.5 KB] [pdf].
  30. Westham Footpath 33 [2.3 MB] [pdf].  Closed during the construction of a housing development.

Permanent restrictions

Beddingham Byway 4b is permanently closed to vehicles, under an Order made in 1974.

We also have seasonal restrictions in place for a number of byways, restricting vehicle use during the winter months. 


Wherever possible we look to avoid path closures, however in some cases it may be necessary for safety reasons.

To apply for a temporary closure please download the application form using the button below.

If you would like to discuss your application please contact the Rights of Way Team,

  • Telephone: 0345 608 0193

Temporary closures by Notice

The County Council can grant 5 day (followed by a further 5 day) closures and also 21 day (followed by a further 21 day) closures.

These are usually for emergency unplanned events or short term works such as where a route needs to be closed to protect public safety. They are arranged by posting notices on site and on our website.

Once we have received you application form we will decide which type is most appropriate.

Please allow 1 week for us to process you application.

The charge for one order is currently £243. If more than one order is required, applicants will be charged accordingly. For example 2 five day orders would cost £486.

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) closures

If it is necessary to close a path for a greater length of time such as for planned non-emergency works, the County Council can put a 6 month Traffic Regulation Order in place. This requires a formal a procedure and must be advertised in the local press.

Please allow 8 weeks for us to process your application.

TRO costs are currently in the region of £800 to £1000, depending on advertising costs.

For closures longer than 6 months, we can then apply to the Secretary of State for an extension order. Additional costs apply.

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