Have your say on the Public Rights of Way network in Telford and Wrekin

Telford & Wrekin residents are being asked to have their say on new Council plans to improve the borough’s Public Rights of Way network.

The Council is one of several authorities in the country to launch a definitive map of its rights of way online – at  DefinitiveMap Viewer (arcgis.com) - that everyone will be able to access.

At the same time Telford & Wrekin Council is drawing up plans for categorising the borough’s Rights of Way and is proposing a Definitive Map Modification Order Policy and Guidance.

This will provide a clear system to process and determine outstanding and new applications to modify the Definitive Map, which will provide information on the network of more than 1,000 different Rights of Way across the borough that provide access to around 400 km of footpaths, byways and bridleways.

Councillor Carolyn Healy is Telford & Wrekin’s Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy, Historic & Natural Environment and Climate Change said: “We recognise that Public Rights of Way offer a unique resource for local people. They provide opportunities for exercise, recreational activities, and access to facilities and the countryside in general.

“We made an election manifesto pledge to improve and invest in our Rights of Way and the online Definitive Map is a key part of fulfilling that pledge. At the same time we need clear systems established for making any modifications to our Rights of Way.

“Public Rights of Way are an important part of the life of our borough and I would urge everyone to look at our proposals and offer their comments. Public consultations are a key part of our local democracy and all interested parties should seize the opportunity to take part.”

The Public Rights of Way consultation starts today (December 18) and continues for eight weeks.

Residents are invited to examine the Definitive Map and Statement online and offer their views on the proposed Definitive Map Modification Order Policy and Guidance.

The Council also proposes to categorise the borough’s Right sof Way, which will enable focused enhancement and promotion of the network aspart of Telford & Wrekin’s wider proposals for planning, sustainable development, local nature reserves, health and wellbeing, sustainable transportand the highway network

The public consultation can be accessed online at https://webforms.telford.gov.uk/form/395.