The Parish Paths Partnerships Scheme is an initiative to ensure that local paths are properly maintained and well publicised. It has the support of the National Association of Local Councils and is Devon County Council funded. The County Council was one of the first fifteen Highway Authorities to participate in this scheme, which encourages community involvement and enjoyment of public rights of way. Devon County Council is working in partnership with Parish/Town Councils, landowners and local voluntary groups. The main aim is to improve the condition of the local rights of way and keep them open and used properly.
The 167 Parish/Town Councils currently in the scheme receive a grant to undertake rights of way work. The grant, paid by Devon County Council, covers:
i) The mileage, based on the length of rights of way in the Parish
ii) Special projects
Path condition survey and inspection
Each year before the Parish/Town Council receives its annual grant it organises a survey –
- This is an assessment of the condition of the rights of way, in order to find out what work needs to be done.
- The survey provides the information necessary for calculation of the grant payment.
- Developments and improvements – upgrading and re-opening paths by undertaking practical work such as vegetation clearance, repairing stiles and waymarking, in consultation with farmers and landowners;
- Events – helping people to feel confident about using the network by organising, for example, guided walks and rights of way days;
The latest newsletter is available in the main body of the bulleting and is sent to parishes from Ros Davies the Public Rights of Way P3 Officer.