Rights of Way Management Plan 2018-2028

Closes 31 Jan 2018

Opened 15 Nov 2017


The draft West Sussex Rights of Way Management Plan, which covers the period 2018 to 2028, sets out West Sussex County Council’s approach to managing the Public Rights of Way (PRoW) network, as well as signposting how improvements can be achieved over the next ten years.

The County Council manages over 4,000km (2,500 miles) of Public Rights of Way (footpaths, bridleways and byways), which enable residents and visitors alike to enjoy the beauty and variety of the West Sussex countryside.  The PRoW network is used for a wide range of leisure activities as well as for accessing services such as shops, schools and work places.  If you like to walk, cycle, horse ride or carriage drive in the countryside then it is very likely that you use the Public Rights of Way network in West Sussex.

Public Rights of Way can contribute to peoples’ well-being and can help support the rural economy.  People choosing to walk or ride instead of driving helps reduce congestion and pollution.  Public Rights of Way also provide green corridors for wildlife.

West Sussex County Council published its first Rights of Way Improvement Plan (RoWIP) in 2007.  The Council has a duty, under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, to review its RoWIP every ten years.  This second Plan has been called the West Sussex Rights of Way Management Plan to bring more weight and focus to the management of the existing Public Rights of Way network.  The Plan also outlines the process for network improvements.

This Plan sits alongside the West Sussex Walking and Cycling Strategy which sets out the Council’s approach to promoting and enabling walking and cycling.

Why We Are Consulting

West Sussex County Council is seeking people’s views on our draft West Sussex Rights of Way Management Plan 2018 to 2028.  In accordance with the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 we are keen to involve anyone who has an interest in countryside access, whether as a user, landowner/manager or other stakeholder, in the production of this Plan.  All responses will be considered and the document will be amended as appropriate before being published in 2018.

You can view the draft West Sussex Rights of Way Management Plan 2018 – 2028 (PDF) below.  Paper copies are available to view at West Sussex libraries and the main County Council offices.  If you need this information in an alternative format please email prow@westsussex.gov.uk or telephone us on 01243 777620

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