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How should BCC manage the 2,000+ miles of public footpaths?

Public footpath sign

Published by Dan Gooding at 8:09am 16th February 2019. (Updated at 8:10am 16th February 2019)

Where is your favourite view along Buckinghamshire's 2,000 miles of public footpaths?

You are being asked to have a say on how the County Council manage all these rights of way at the moment.

They say they want to insure them for the future.

Footpath - GS Steps Hill gate (midres)

As part of this duty, there's a legal requirement for highways authorities such as Bucks County Council to have in place a rights of way improvement plan (ROWIP) which sets out how the public rights of way network will meet the current and future needs of the public.

This has to be reviewed every ten years, and in Buckinghamshire that review falls in 2019.

So that BCC can develop a ROWIP that reflects what people need and expect from the county's rights of way, they are conducting an online survey, and are asking Buckinghamshire residents, organisations, businesses, district councils and parish councils to take part.

Bill Chapple OBE, the County Council's Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment, said:

"Whether they're used for sport, relaxation, studying nature or simply getting from A to B, Buckinghamshire's rights of way are an important part of our local heritage and an incredibly valuable way of enhancing quality of life for our residents, people who work in the county, and visitors that come to enjoy the beautiful countryside for which Bucks is renowned.

"So that we can ensure that this wonderful resource provides the maximum benefit to all, I'm asking residents, local groups, organisations and businesses to take part in the online survey and let us know how you use our rights of way, what benefits they provide to you, how you feel about their upkeep and use, and what you think our spending priorities should be in this area."

Take part in the survey here.

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