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Derbyshire County Council - a Changed Approach for 2017

This article is from Signpost 53, February 2017

Mike Ashworth, Strategic Director of Economy, Transport and Communities for Derbyshire County Council (DCC) has recently written to all landowners within the Council’s area. He is advising them that in 2017, DCC will be taking a different approach to the way they investigate reports about paths that are either obstructed, or have not been re-instated following cultivation of the land.

DCC will be contacting land managers in advance of an inspection to advise them when they have received a report of a path that is affected by cultivation or crops, or a gate or stile in disrepair. This will only be done when the information received is considered to be from a reliable source, which we hope will include a PNFS Footpath Inspector. He is asking landowners to ensure that contractors are aware of the law, particularly the minimum width of paths to be reinstated.

Mike Ashworth goes on to say: Gates and stiles in poor condition can be very limiting to all visitors to the countryside. You may be aware that the owner of the land is required to ensure that a gate or stile is in good repair. This is a legal requirement which also requires the County Council to provide 25% of the cost of the repair of a gate or stile. To improve access to the countryside we are in a position to offer you a free pedestrian gate to replace a stile that is in disrepair. If you would like to take advantage of either of these opportunities please contact our office and we’ll arrange for a member of the team to discuss your options. Above all, we wish to work with you to ensure that the PROW network is available.

Minimum widths for PROWs (as set out in the Rights of Way Act 1990) apply to paths that cross cultivated land:

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