Public Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2017, Consultation

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Why are we doing this?: 

Wrexham County Borough Council is reviewing its Public Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) with the intention of publishing a new draft plan by the end of 2017.

What do we want to know?: 

Wrexham County Borough Council is undertaking an assessment of the condition and suitability of the current public rights of way network for the public's use. We are interested in hearing your views and would be grateful if you could answer a few questions. Please note, this survey does not apply to pavements adjacent to roads or along estates, carriageways or paths within the town centre.

What we found out: 

A consultation on the use of Wrexham’s public rights of way was undertaken as part of the public consultation on the Council portal. It was also sent out to the subscribers of Consultations, Wrexham Panel, or Your Voice Wrexham Panel, (2128 recipients).

A total of 362 people accessed the consultation, 94% of respondents used the public rights of way indicating the survey was completed by users of the network, with a very low response rate from non users. A figure of 89% of the respondents had used the public rights of way network in the last month, suggesting respondents were active users.

Respondents were asked what would encourage them to use the public rights of way network in Wrexham through ranking a number of proposals.

  • Removal of obstructions was ranked by 75% of people in their 1st to 3rd priority.
  • Better maintenance, such as surface improvements of public rights of way and strimming received strong support, 71% ranked this in their 1st to 3rd priority listing
  • There was strong support for better waymarking and signage on paths, 68% of people considered this to be their 1st to 3rd priority.
  • The use of pedestrian gates rather than stiles was given lower support, 40% ranked this in their 1st to 3rd priority listing.
  • Similarly, better information on where to walk, cycle or ride on the Council website was given lower priority, 32% ranked this in their 1st to 3rd priority listing.
  • Information on groups you could join to walk or ride in your area, had the lowest priority ranking, only 19% ranked this in their 1st to 3rd priority listing.

The question “how can public rights of way be improved or developed  to make them more accessible” , was an open question. The answers from respondents strongly supported better signage and maintenance of surfaces and gates replacing stiles. 

The open question, “are public rights of way in the right place, for you to use them, do we need new public rights of way in the Wrexham area, if so where ?”,  was answered in a mixture of ways. Some people thought there were enough rights of way, some found it hard to answer the question, as they didn’t know where all the public rights of way were, others gave specific example as to where they would like new public rights of way across the County Borough.

Start date24 July 2017
End date18 September 2017
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Guildhall
Wrexham
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Martin HowarthPhone: 01978 729630