Agenda item

Consultation on the Rights of Way Improvement Plan 4 (ROWIP4)


The Cabinet considered a joint report of the Corporate Director of Neighbourhoods and Climate Change and the Corporate Director of Regeneration, Economy and Growth which sought approval to begin a 12-week public consultation on the Public Rights of Way Improvement Plan 4 (ROWIP4). The report also explained the development of the consultation version of ROWIP4 and the intention of the strategic objectives and policies as drafted (for copy of report see file of minutes).


Councillor J Shuttleworth, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Rural Communities and Highways explained that the Public Right of Way Network was extremely important and sometimes overlooked. It was important to update the Plan and have a forward-thinking vision given that the existing plan was now five years out of date and overdue. This was now being addressed by way of the improvement plan presented which was more strategic than the previous plan and had a ten-year life span which would open opportunities for strategic funding. The network brought huge benefit in terms of accessibility and communication as well as the wider mental and physical wellbeing for all. The Joint Administration recognised the importance of consultation on key plans and the consultation would run from 3 May to 26 July.


Councillor E Scott, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Economy and Partnerships thanked officers for bringing forward the plan, the value if which had been outlined. Councillor Scott also highlighted the importance of the plan as a significant part of the tourism, recreation and leisure offer which linked in with the Council vision, Council Plan, Climate Change and Ecological Emergency which had all been refreshed and reframed over recent months. Improved signage, protection of routes ensured that the Council were putting the correct policies in place for residents and businesses alike.


Councillor R Bell, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Finances also highlighted the importance of the public footpath network and bridleways in terms of the economy, environment, wellbeing and health. Councillor Bell explained that core budgets were limited and following the consultation would like the Public Rights of Way Service to bring forward local proposals through the respective Area Action Partnerships and delegated Councillor budgets to support, if they so wished.




That the recommendations in the report be approved.

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