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Rights of Way Improvement Plan

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The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 places a duty on each highway authority to publish a Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) for their area.

The ROWIP is the prime means by which local authorities identify, prioritise and plan for improvements to their local rights of way network. The Plan aims to guide the strategic development of the public rights of way network with improvements to meet the current and future needs of walkers, cyclists, horse riders and disabled people.

The legislation provides for the highway authority to work jointly with a National Park Authority where parts of a local authority area fall within a National Park. An initial ROWIP covering the period 2008-2018 was prepared jointly by the National Park Authority and Pembrokeshire County Council. In accordance with revised Welsh Government guidance, issued in July 2016, local authorities are required to review their ROWIP and prepare a successor Plan in 2018. 

Officers of the National Park Authority have therefore worked closely Pembrokeshire County Council over the last two years in the preparation of the successor Plan.

The draft Pembrokeshire Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) 2018-28 has been issued for consultation by Pembrokeshire County Council. The link below will take you to the consultation document on the Pembrokeshire County Council website.

The statutory period of consultation will last for 12 weeks and end on 3 August 2018. All comments should be addressed to Pembrokeshire County Council (details available via the link above).