Gwynedd's Rights of Way Improvement Plan Review
Gwynedd Council is working closely with the Snowdonia National Park Authority to review the county’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan. As part of this work, a public consultation is being held which gives members of the public an opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions on the matter.
In Gwynedd, the public has access to around 3,700km of Rights of Way. This includes 3,340km of footpaths and around 380km of bridleways and byways. The Council is keen to ensure that this valuable asset is safe and suitable for the needs of both local residents and visitors to the area.
As part of the review, the Council is eager to receive the views of Gwynedd residents so that it can proactively identify, prioritise and plan the future management of the Rights of Way network for the future.
Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Environment said:
“Our Rights of Way network provides fantastic opportunities for Gwynedd residents and visitors to explore one of Wales’ most iconic and beautiful landscapes. At the same time, it gives us the opportunity to improve health and well-being by giving people the open space to go out and enjoy the countryside. We are truly blessed with what we have on offer right on our doorstep.
“That’s why we are consulting as widely as possible – to allow the people of Gwynedd to present their views on how the rights of way network should be managed for the future. We’re eager to know what we do well, how we can go about improving, and how we can ensure that our paths are accessible for generations to come.
“The Council is facing significant cuts in the funding we receive from the government to deliver services, and it is therefore very important that we receive comments from as many Gwynedd residents as possible. We want to hear from local people about any ideas about new ways of managing public footpaths across Gwynedd during a period where the money available to us is being reduced.
“All comments received will be carefully considered and will help us decide how we will go about managing the rights of way network in Gwynedd for the future, and to make the best use of budget available.”
Gwynedd Council receives many enquiries from the public on a yearly basis regarding the county’s footpaths about matters such as vegetation overgrowth, broken stiles or fallen trees. This maintenance work is carried out with the co-operation of Community Councils, landowners and volunteers.
Members of the public, land owners and town and community councils are now asked to take part in this consultation – the survey is available on the Gwynedd Council website: www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/rightsofwaysquestionnaire or paper copies are available from Siop Gwynedd (Caernarfon, Dolgellau and Pwllheli), libraries and leisure centres. The consultation is open until 1 September 2017.