Rights of Way Improvement Plan

Through the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000) the government recognises the value of public rights of way and requires each highways authority to produce a Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) in order to identify changes that will "improve provision for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and those with mobility problems".

’In order to develop a ROWIP highways authorities are required to assess:

• The extent to which local rights of way meet present and future needs of the public.

• The opportunities provided by local rights of way and in particular by footpaths, cycle-tracks, bridleways and restricted byways for exercise and other forms of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of their area.

• The accessibility of local rights of way to blind or partially sighted persons and others with mobility problems.

A ROWIP assessment was undertaken following wide spread consultation and includes information on the extent, condition and use of the public rights of way network. The assessment highlighted the key role that public rights of way play in maintaining and improving quality of life in the county. The assessment also recognised that public rights of way are linked to issues such as sustainable transport, local economy, recreation, tourism and health. This ROWIP consists of a summary of the assessment as well as a Statement of Action. The Statement of Action sets out how Suffolk County Council will work with others to address the demands identified in the Assessment to secure an improved network. This plan will be integrated into the county Local Transport Plan 2011 - 2031, where the actions will contribute to its four shared priorities of reducing congestion, accessibility, air quality and safety.

The ROWIP will be supported by detailed work programmes which will be used when working with partner orgainsations and when bidding for resources, especially through the Local Transport Plan. Rights of Way Improvement Plan (PDF, 725kb)

If you have any comments on this plan please write to:

Rights of Way & Access
Suffolk Highways
Suffolk County Council
Phoenix House House
3 Goddard Road

or e-mail: definitive.maps@suffolk.gov.uk