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Residents Invited to Have Their Say on Improving Surrey’s Paths

Published on: 13 Jan, 2024
Updated on: 14 Jan, 2024

The county council is responsible for around 2,164 miles (3,482 km) of paths known as ‘public rights of way’ in both the countryside and urban areas. Accessing these paths is, SCC says, important for residents to enjoy and explore, travel to work or school and for health and wellbeing.

A public right of way is a path that anyone, by law, has the right to use. There are four types:

  • Footpaths for walking, mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs
  • Bridleways for walking, horse riding, cycling, mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs
  • Restricted byways for walking, horse riding, cycling, mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs and horse-drawn carriages
  • Byways for all modes including motorised vehicles.

The BBC reported this week that walkers wanting to enjoy footpaths across the British countryside are being blocked or obstructed in nearly 32,000 places across England and Wales.

See also: Report a right of way problem [in Surrey]

Cllr Marisa Heath

Marisa Heath (Con, Englefield Green), Cabinet member for environment, lead member for Environment at SCC, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for residents to share their views and really shape how we manage and improve our rights of way both in rural and urban areas.

“Exploring the countryside and being close to nature is so important for our health and wellbeing and also to understand the benefits of the natural environment we are doing our utmost to protect, so we want to support everyone by improving our networks.”

Residents are invited to give their views on Surrey’s Rights of Way network, sharing how they use them, their importance, what if anything may prevent residents from using them and how the council can support their needs.

SCC says all views will help inform the new Rights of Way Improvement Plan which will be produced at the end of 2024.

The survey is open until 10 March 2024 and can be accessed on the Surrey Says website.

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Responses to Residents Invited to Have Their Say on Improving Surrey’s Paths

  1. Jim Allen Reply

    January 13, 2024 at 3:27 pm

    After multiple documented requests over multiple years to return roadside foot paths in Burpham to their tarmacadam width… the easy option to enclosed off road footpaths!

    You can all see my multi year unsuccessful attempts!

    They are surely having a laugh doing “a paper, work from home exercise! An attempt to divert publicity from the divisive Active travel project”.

    For never a workman has ever appeared… a far cheaper option than to work form home survey!

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