: Waiting for next track...

Mix96 News

Public footpaths set to be improved under Bucks County Council plans

Councillors are due to make a decision next week

Published by Beth Pridding at 8:00am 21st March 2020. 3-minute read.

Public footpaths set to be improved under Bucks County Council plans

The public footpaths you use around Buckinghamshire could be changing, as councillors are expected to approve plans to improve public rights of way. 

The decision on whether to adopt the Rights of Way Improvement Plan is expected to be made next week, on March 24th. 

The changes could see routes becoming more accessible to those with disabilities, as well as horse riders using them. 

Councils have to review these spaces across the countryside, by law.

The latest plan was put together after speaking to almost one-and-a-half thousand people living in Bucks. 

It will focus on six main areas:

  • mapping the network that's open to the public,
  • making sure public footpaths and bridleways are looked after,
  • making routes clear to the public, 
  • improving links to the countryside from urban areas, 
  • making routes more accessible - particularly for those with limited mobility,
  • increasing the number of volunteers, and working to secure further funding for more improvements in the future. 
Bucks County Council

Councillor Bill Chapple OBE said: 

"Buckinghamshire has outstanding countryside and beautiful landscapes, which residents and visitors alike enjoy through using just over 2,000 miles of rights of way. Our research for this plan has shown us that Buckinghamshire's residents highly value their rights of way network. Rights of way and the wide range of activities that people can take part in helps to make Buckinghamshire a great place to live and work. 

"More people now access the countryside and natural spaces for leisure, health and exercise. Rights of way are free and they stretch across the county, meaning everyone can use them. They are also a critical part of Buckinghamshire's visitor economy and help to encourage more people to walk or cycle for short journeys. 

"Buckinghamshire as a county is growing and changing - both in terms of population and in demand for accessing the countryside. The need for public rights of way is greater than ever to support a healthy population and a vibrant economy. However, the rights of way budget has, historically, not kept pace with this increase in demand. I am committed to continue with the capital programme of improvement and repair over the coming years. "

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Mix96