The footpath has existed since 1958/9 when the housing estate was built.
The land was purchased / owned by the council prior to being sold to a developer circa 1957/8 but they have no records.
Land Registry say that the company that owned the land in 1958 was Manor Park Construction.
I cannot trace the old company. (A new company exists but is not connected to the original).
The Council maintains the footpath and has done so for as far back as can be remembered.
The Council state, however, that this is an anomaly and it is not a Council footpath plus it does not show in their Rights of Way register.
The Land Registry confirm that the footpath is unregistered.
The footpath has now been considerably reduced in width along one section because the adjacent owner has decided to erect a replacement 2 meter high fence on top of the concrete path instead to the original line alongside the footpath.
The footpath until recently has not been restricted or gated and has been in constant use from its construction circa 1958 to this day.
I can obtain confirmation of its existence and use if necessary by getting signatures from local residents some of whom have used the footpath as of its completion circa 1958.
The Council say that they can do nothing unless the know the owner of the land.
How do I protect the footpath and the right of way?