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. 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.

West Berkshire's first ROWIP was adopted on the 27 May 2010. We are now reviewing the ROWIP to meet the requirements of the  Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 that the plan must be reviewed every ten years. The existing ROWIP is still in force until the new ROWIP is adopted in early 2022.

In 2005, consultation was carried out for the first ROWIP. Many requests for specific improvements and new paths were also submitted by the public and other interested parties. These are recorded on the WBC 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.

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