The Executive Director, Economic Development and Communities submitted a report that took the general actions recommended within the Public Rights of Way Improvement Plan and set out a ten-year infrastructure plan to achieve them. This would take advantage of funding opportunities as they arose as well as programmed works through the Local Transport Plan allocations.
The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 required all Councils to develop a Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) by November 2007 that would consider local rights of way (defined as including cycle tracks) in the context of:
the present and likely future needs of the public;
opportunities for exercise and other forms of open air recreation; and,
accessibility to the network for blind or partially sighted people and those with mobility problems.
The report outlined in detail further information on the background, what we hope to achieve, strategic approach and the health and financial benefits.
No options were discussed as all proposed schemes had to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act legislation, ensuring that vulnerable people would not be impacted upon negatively.
That the 10-year PROW infrastructure plan as outlined in the report be approved.
The decision was supported by the following reason:
In many areas, local rights of way help to boost tourism and improve the health of residents. The local rights of way can also provide a convenient means of travelling, particularly for short journeys, in urban areas.