Friday, 10 June 2016

Jeremy Bamber: Extracts from DI Wilkinson's statement

Attrib: http://www.jeremy-bamber.co.uk/
'With the aid of these maps I measured the distance, using a pedometer, from White House Farm to 9 Head Street, Goldhanger, via the farm track and sea wall.  This route measured 6,978 metres and at a brisk walk took 70 minutes to complete.  I subsequently cycled this route in 35 minutes.

I then measured the distance, using a pedometer, from 9 Head Street, Goldhanger to Brook House Farm track at its junction with Maldon Road via Church Street and the B1026.  This route measured 2895 metres and at a brisk walk took 28 minutes to complete.  I subsequently cycled this route in 10 minutes.

I then measured the distance, using a pedometer, from Brook House Farm Track at its junction with Maldon Road to White House Farm via B1026 and B1023.  This route measured 3290 metres and at a brisk walk took 30 minutes to complete.  I subsequently cycled this route in 12 minutes.

I then measured the distance, with a pedometer, from White House Farm to Maldon Road via Brook House Farm track.  This route measured 1629 metres and at a brisk walk took 17 minutes to complete.  This track is well maintained, clearly defined, and easily negotiable by foot, cycle or motor vehicle.  I subsequently cycled this route in 6 minutes.

There are footpaths marked on the Ordnance Survey map which seem to link White House Farm and Goldhanger in a direct manner via Joyces Farm and Lauriston Farm.  However I have attempted to negotiate these footpaths but without success.  The paths go directly across ploughed fields or
cultivated crops or peter out on the banks of small streams and irrigation canals.


In my opinion the shortest practicable route between White House Farm and Goldhanger without using main roads is via the sea wall. However, the shortest and quickest practicable route between White House Farm and Goldhanger by foot, cycle or motor vehicle is by using Brook House Farm track and the B1026.  This route is 1661 metres less than going through Tolleshunt D'Arcy.'