Under the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000, every Local Authority is required to maintain and publicise a register of formal claims for new Rights of Way (Footpaths, Bridleways and Byways) and amendments to existing Rights of Way. In additional there are other ways that have been brought to the Authority's attention that may have public rights or are believed to have different rights than those recorded on the Defintive Map of Public Rigths of Way, these are known as informal claims.
For a range of reasons it may be thought necessary or desirable to make changes to the existing Rights of Way network. Possible reasons include claims for a new Right of Way, requests to divert an existing Right of Way, changing the status of a route (from footpath to bridleway for instance) or, rarely, to extinguish a Right of Way.
The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 created a new statutory right of access to open countryside and common land. Local Access Forums have been set up across England and Wales. They offer anyone, who uses or enjoys the countryside, the chance to have their say in how access to that precious resource should be protected and improved.
The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 introduced a new duty to every Highway Authority to publish a Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP).
From time to time it is necessary to temporary close a public right of way in the interest of safety for users.
To report a problem on a public right of way.
There are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in making the best of our countryside and rights of way.