Stockport Council have opened a period of consultation as they review and prepare an updated local Rights of Way Improvement Plan.
The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (section 60) requires all highway authorities to prepare a Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) every 10 years. This includes making a new assessment of the network and reviewing the previous plan including consulting with the public. The plan considers all rights of way off road that the public are able to utilise. Examples include routes in parks, concessionary paths, public rights of way and access space.
Stockport benefits from a beautiful and varied outdoor environments which are enjoyed by both local people and visitors. Public paths, including public rights of way and routes in parks, have traditionally enabled people to exercise and explore the countryside around them and, increasingly, are popular routes for commuting and accessing essential local amenities.
To help the Council develop these paths, it is required to produce a Rights of Way Improvement Plan which identifies the changes that need to be made to improve the network and meet your needs in the future.
Comments will be invited from residents, our partners, user groups, and other interested agencies. All comments will be considered and appropriate amendments will be included in the final Rights of Way Improvement Plan.
Residents can get involved and give their views on the proposals by completing a questionnaire online or by visiting their local library where hard copies of the Rights of Way Improvement Plan draft document and questionnaire will be available.
The consultation will run until the 8th of January 2018.
Councillor Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said:
“These proposed changes have been put forward to help improve our public paths that so many people use for exercise, access and for pleasanter routes across Stockport, away from traffic.
“I hope that residents will express their views through the consultation and let us know what they think about the proposed changes.”
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