Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council have jointly produced a new draft Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) to cover the period up until 2026. The ROWIP is intended to set out an assessment of the current rights of way network and identify strategic steps which the Councils intend to take in partnership with various stakeholders to improve the network for the benefit of the public. The draft ROWIP contains a particular emphasis on improving the way that the network is managed in the context of challenging public finances and addressing the challenges and opportunities which arise as a result of the continued high level of development within the three Council areas. A key aim is to increase use of the rights of way network, particularly amongst ethnic minorities and members of the public with disabilities. A copy of the draft ROWIP can be found by following the link on the right hand side of this page.
Why are we consulting?
The Councils wish to consult with members of the public to ensure that the ROWIP reflects the public's aspirations for the public rights of way network.
What happens next:
Consultation responses will be considered by the three Councils and the draft ROWIP will be amended accordingly. The intention is for B&NES Council's Cabinet to adopt a final version of the ROWIP in November.