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Public Rights of Way

Published: 15/07/2014

Details of completed projects that keep the county’s rights of way in top condition will be presented to councillors at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (15 July). The work is part of the third annual report to highlight Flintshire County Council’s Public Rights of Way team who are responsible for maintaining the public rights of way network which includes footpaths, cycleways and bridleways. The report includes projects that demonstrate the progress of the Rights of Way Improvement Plan (PROWIP) that continues to receive grant-aided support from Natural Resources Wales. Finished schemes include Burton Point cycleway which has been a huge success story attracting thousands of cyclists; the Coast Path at Point Ayr Colliery, Talacre repaired due to health and safety reasons after heavy rainfall eroded the path; a 6m wooden bridge erected at Nercwys to replace one that had fallen into disrepair and a 35m boardwalk and new gate installed at Coed Talon Marsh where a well used local footpath had become unsafe due to the area being wet and boggy. Repair of the All Wales Coast Path has also topped the agenda due to the devastating winter storms and inspectors also promote the Linking Flintshire Communities Project which enhances, develops and promotes a series of footpaths, cycleways and bridle paths within rural Flintshire using grant funding. The rights of way team are also responsible for day-to-day maintenance of the networks including signage, upkeep, and assessing repairs. They work with a software system that allows the rights of way to be mapped out including all gates and stiles and residents can report problems via this system. Councillor Bernie Attridge, Cabinet, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “The Rights of Way service do a valuable job keeping the County’s network of footpaths and cycleways maintained for residents and visitors to enjoy Flintshire’s beautiful countryside. Work is on-going to ensure that our paths remain open for leisure activities as well as being an important part of conservation in the area.”