The Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) is essentially a business plan setting out how to make the rights of way network in North Lincolnshire better than ever.
The requirement to produce a ROWIP derives from the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. All local authorities with responsibility for rights of way must produce one.
In particular, a ROWIP must assess:
- the extent to which local rights of way meet the present and future likely needs of the public;
- the opportunities provided by local rights of way for exercise and other forms of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the authority's area; and
- the accessibility of local rights of way to blind or partially-sighted persons, and others with mobility problems.
The ROWIP has to be reviewed at no greater than ten-yearly intervals. It is intended that the ROWIP should build on the Milestones approach, a previous Government-inspired business plan that sought to identify and resolve all understanding issues relating to rights-of-way maintenance and enforcement.
The plan includes:
- the Assessment and
- the Statement of Action.
The Assessment looks at eleven key areas in which rights of way in North Lincolnshire might be improved; and the Statement of Action recommends action, estimates cost and stipulates a completion date for each of these areas.
The eleven key areas do not refer to specific improvements on particular paths or ways. This is deliberate. Government guidance asks instead that such detail be included in subsequent annual progress reports.
The complete rights of way improvement plan is available below to download and view.
For more information please contact:
Colin Wilkinson (Rights of way officer)
North Lincolnshire Council
Church Square House
PO Box 42
Tel: 01724 297000