Monmouthshire County Council is inviting residents, businesses and organisations to comment on the review of its Rights of Way Improvement Plan (RoWIP).  The outline plan has been published on the council’s website – http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/?p=39506 – and comments may be sent to countryside@monmouthshire.gov.uk at any time until Sunday 29th January.

Monmouthshire’s existing RoWIP was published in October 2007 following extensive consultation and its contents have enabled the authority to bid for and win grants to benefit the county’s rights of way network.  It has also formed the basis for the council’s rights of way business plan.

The review of the existing plan is required by the Welsh Government and will take into account new legislation like the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 as well as assessing a number of areas.  These include:

  1. An evaluation of the current RoWIP and the degree to which it has delivered
  2. An assessment of the extent to which local rights of way meet the present and likely future needs of the public
  3. The opportunities provided by local rights of way for exercise and other forms of open air recreation and enjoyment
  4. The accessibility of the rights of way network to blind, or partially-sighted persons and others with mobility problems
  5. Actions required for the management of and improvements to rights of way and the resources available
  6. The condition of the rights of way network and its record
  7. An assessment of publicity and promotion of rights of way
  8. Opportunities to contribute to the Well-being of Future Generations Act, active travel and The Equality Act 2010
  9. Opportunities to deliver other plans and objectives

Monmouthshire’s Principal Countryside Access Officer Ruth Rourke said: “We invite as many groups, individuals and organisations as possible to contribute to the review of our Rights of Way Improvement Plan.  We welcome your views and any information you may have to provide a new RoWIP document that will serve the county’s communities into the future.”