Mr. C. Dunabin, secretary of the royal task force at the department of the environment food and rural affairs wrote to the county council on 22nd June with the government proposals.
In the county council?s reply, Jean Johnson, chairman of the community safety sub committee says: 'The recent spread of the infected areas serves to reinforce the belief of this authority that extreme vigilance is still needed', and that this is supported by a video sent to livestock farmers 'which states that stringent disinfectant procedures should be in place to prevent the spread of the disease between farms by people and vehicles. The message given to farmers in that video is in total contrast to your proposals to re-open all rights of way across farmland.'
Cllr Mrs Johnson goes on to say that 'this authority calls for you to reconsider the proposal in your letter to reopen all rights of way on 20th July 2001 overriding local decisions, powers and responsibilities. Implementing the proposal would risk further spread of the disease into areas currently not effected'.