Rossendale Borough Council’s Scrutiny process has established a Task and Finish Group to review the Public Rights of Way network to assess their value and effectiveness.
We are reviewing the network of footpaths and bridleways which walkers, wheelchair users, horse riders and cyclists use to access and enjoy the countryside.
The Public Rights of Way network has the potential to impact on people’s enjoyment of the special landscapes, local business opportunities, and tourism. The Task and Finish Group is in the process of gathering evidence as widely as possible.
What are Public Rights of Way?
Public rights of way are ways over which the public have the right to pass and re-pass. Public footpaths are for pedestrians only. Public bridleways are for pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists. Restricted byways are open to pedestrians, horse riders, cyclists and non-motorised vehicles. Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs) have rights for all types of users including motorised vehicles.
Lancashire has a network of 3,716 miles of public rights of way, including 240 miles of Bridleways. Lancashire Countryside Service has a statutory responsibility for these Public Rights of Way.
A questionnaire is available to complete on the following link http://www.letusknow.org.uk/rightsofway
You can also pick up a copy of the questionnaire at the One Stop Shop at Futures Park, Bacup and return your completed survey in the FREEPOST envelope provided