Thursday, 2 February 2012

Partnership Approach Keeps Cambridgeshire Countryside Open


Working closely in partnership with volunteers, parish councils, farmers, land owners, and outdoor enthusiasts, has enabled the County Council to keep the Cambridgeshire countryside open.

The results of a condition survey show that the Council's Rights of Way and Access Team has been able to ensure nearly 80% of the path network in the county is easy to use, clearly signposted, free from obstructions and has well maintained bridges and gates.

The survey outcome is one of the best results in the country and work is ongoing within the available resources to further improve the network and to steadily increase the number of paths which are kept clean, clear and easy to use in Cambridgeshire.

The Council is also one of the lowest spending authorities in the region with regard to Rights of Way, and puts its success in no small part down to work with other organisations and individuals across Cambridgeshire.

County Council Cabinet Member for Community Infrastructure, Councillor Steve Criswell, said: "The County Council is fully committed to keeping the Cambridgeshire countryside available to the public while at the same time doing everything we can within the resources available to us to enhance and develop our wonderful open spaces and landscape.

"A major part of our success is the close working with local people through the Parish Paths Partnership Scheme - two thirds of the county's parishes are involved in the scheme - local user groups such as the Ramblers Association and British Horse Society, and more than 50 farmers who help us maintain the paths and bridleways. We also have an army of volunteers who add so much value by their work and local knowledge."

Anyone who spots a problem on a footpath or right of way can report it Cambridgeshire County Council online at: http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/transport/roads/reportingafault.htm