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Rights of Way Improvement Plan

What is the Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP)?

This is a 10-year strategic document covering the entire borough, and sets out how we, as the Highway Authority, intend to improve the management, provision and promotion of our rights of way network. The last ROWIP ran until 2016 and a new one is currently in production.

ROWIPs are a mechanism for protecting and enhancing local rights of way. They cover footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways, byways open to all traffic, and other routes for non-motorised traffic, and access land within the borough.

ROWIPs assess the way in which local rights of way can meet the present and future needs of the public and the opportunities provided for exercise and other forms of outdoor recreation and enjoyment. This includes looking at accessibility to blind and partially sighted people and people with mobility problems.

Review of Public Rights of Way

We are currently undertaking the first 10-year review of the borough’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan. The requirement to produce the statutory Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) arose from the Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000 and with it a duty to review the plan on a 10 year basis.

Give us your view

This consultation has now ended

Thank you to everyone who had taken the time to provide feedback to our draft Rights of Way Improvement Plan for the borough.

Once we’ve reviewed and taken into account your feedback, an updated version of the plan will be submitted to the council’s Executive for approval in 2017.

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