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How to report a problem with a public right of way, how improvements are made, ploughing over rights of way, permissive paths, encountering livestock and how well the rights of way service perform.
Who looks after public rights of way in the East Riding?
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is responsible for the management of all recorded public rights of way within the administrative boundary.
Many public rights of way run across privately owned land and the responsibility for looking after rights of way rest with the council although the landowner or farmer has obligations as well.
A small group of routes are not recorded on the list of streets that are maintained by the council, by virtue of the way in which they were dedicated as highways. These routes are treated slightly differently in maintenance terms.
What should you expect on your countryside walk?
When walking (or cycling or horse riding on bridleways) in the countryside you should expect that:
It is normal to find undulations, uneven ground, and holes in the surface of these natural paths, and users should take care and follow the countryside code. If you find that things are wrong with the path that clearly require attention then you should let us know online.
How can I report an issue on a public right of way?
Summer work includes:
Winter work includes:
improvements to gates, bridges and path surfaces
signposting and way-marking work.
As our work is seasonal you may find that your issue might not be resolved for several months. Please be patient as we do try to resolve all the problems reported to us.
What happens next:
All reported issues are assessed and handled by a Public Rights of Way officer and are prioritised based on the importance of the issue and of the route itself.
We will only contact you if we need further information.
How well do the rights of way service perform?
The countryside access team has achieved Customer Service Excellence status.
There is a statutory duty on East Riding of Yorkshire Council to look after the public rights of way network. With such an extensive network across a large geographical area carrying out this duty causes some logistical problems and it is not always possible to keep all rights of way open. We are proud of the work that we do and we believe that we compare favourably with all other councils who have a similar duty to keep the network open. We believe that it is important not only that we measure what we do, but that the public can openly compare our performance each year. With the help of the Public Rights Of Way subgroup of the Local Access Forum we have devised a set of key performance measures.
The key indicators are:
|% of routes open and available for use
|% of routes that are stile free (by 2020)
|% of routes that are signed where they leave a metalled road
How do I contact a PROW officer?
This is the Area Officers map which helps customers find the right person to speak to:
How are improvements made to the public rights of way network?
Every local highway authority has had to prepare and publish a Rights of Way Improvement Plan. It is a strategic document that sets out how the council will improve the public rights of way network and was accomplished through consultation with local residents and interest groups. There is also background information that supports this plan which is complemented by the contents of the Local Transport Plan.
The Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) is a strategy document setting out the overall direction of travel and aims for the development of the public rights of way network. We reassess the plan every 10 years and refresh it if necessary.
We are currently updating the ROWIP to reflect important changes in the benefits that our countryside paths provide, for example the health and well being, active travel, leisure and recreation and the social and economic value that the network provides.
Here is the draft consultation version of the ROWIP:
You can have your say via the consultation pages on our website:
Have your say on the ROWIP
or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 March 2022.
A range of other policy and strategy documents is also published by the department, some of which are chargeable and may be of interest:
Is there any planning guidance available for developers?
Yes. Should you need to consider the impact that development might have on the public rights of way network then this guidance document should be read prior to submitting a planning application.