West Berkshire Council

Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP)

Improving our rights of way network, and access in general

The purpose of West Berkshire's pdf icon Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) [266kb] is to make an assessment of how well our rights of way network, and access in general, meets people's needs and then to set out proposals for ways we could improve things. 

As part of making this assessment, we needed to carry out a consultation exercise, which was completed in 2005.  We asked our communities what they thought needed to be done and made sure that the final plan reflected these in a set of broad aims. 
Many of the objectives in the ROWIP are deliberately wide in scope to give us flexibility in our approach and our priorities as time goes on.

During the consultation, many requests for specific improvements and new paths were also submitted by the public and other interested parties. These are recorded on our online map.

Where new paths are suggested, we will only try to create these where there's an opportunity to do so - we would also enter into a full consultation with the owners of the land where the footpath would be created.

Our ROWIP was adopted on the 27 May 2010 to meet the requirements of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, and we're committed to reviewing it every ten years.

Who To Contact

For enquiries about the Definitive Map for Public Rights of Way in West Berkshire

01635 503251