WSCC – Rights of Way Management Plan
People’s opinions are being sought on the County Council’s draft Rights of Way Management Plan for 2018 to 2028. Anyone with an interest in accessing the countryside is encouraged to express their views.
Deborah Urquhart, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We want to hear people’s opinions, whether they are someone who simply enjoys rural walks, or are a landowner or another stakeholder. All responses will be considered and the document will be amended as appropriate before publication in 2018.”
The County Council manages more than 4,000km, or 2,500 miles, of Public Rights of Way, such as footpaths, bridleways and byways. The draft plan sets out its approach to managing the network, as well as signposting how improvements can be achieved over the next 10 years.
The Council’s vision for Public Rights of Way is: “to enable people to enjoy the countryside on foot, by bicycle and by horse, for health, recreation and to access services, while recognising the need to balance this with the interests of those who live and work in the countryside and the management of special landscapes”.
You can take part in the consultation at: https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/highways-and-transport/rowmp.
Paper copies are available to view at all West Sussex libraries: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/find-my-nearest/library/
and the main county council offices: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/find-my-nearest/council-office/
If you need this information in an alternative format, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01243 777620.
The Council published its first Rights of Way Improvement Plan in 2007 and, as directed by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, is reviewing it for the next ten years through consultation with the public and wider stakeholders.
The new draft plan has been called the West Sussex Rights of Way Management Plan to bring more weight and focus to the management of the existing Public Rights of Way network.