Merseyside – Rights of Way Improvement Plan

I mentioned this subject back in August; here’s a link to that previous posting:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/08/30/liverpool-city-regions-rights-of-way-improvement-plan-your-views-wanted-by-merseytravel/

I now hold a summary of the responses that were made to Merseytravel who are coordinating this piece of work for the Liverpool City Region:-

Summary of Responses:

Consultation on the draft Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2018-2028 was undertaken over summer 2017. Copies were available to view on Merseytravel’s website as well as at council one stop shops and public libraries across the Liverpool City Region. The consultation closed on the 29 September 2017. There were 26 responses received on this consultation. The majority of responses were supportive of the draft Rights of Way Improvement Plan. Key issues raised in the responses included:
• Well maintained network
• Insufficient short term schemes
• Links across the Liverpool City Region (LCR) and locally
• Managing conflicts between different users
• Inclusive high quality network
• Better prioritisation of schemes
• Monitoring and evaluation
• Consultation on detail of individual schemes with relevant stakeholders
• Funding
• Consistent standard across LCR Rights of Way network
• Definitive Map continuous review
• Anti-social behaviour
• Resources such as dedicated Rights of Way Officer needed in each Council
• Issues with wider Highways and public realm issues rather than Public Rights of Way and clarity with other public access routes
• Joined up network of bridleways for equine sector
• Proposals for new schemes
• Consultation process and access for non-internet users
• Availability of Rights of Way information both on internet and for non-internet users
• Clarify access for public to Definitive Map via Council Offices
• Linkages with land use and spatial planning
The responses are now being taken into account as the Liverpool City Region partners update the document and prepare the final version. The final version will be published in late March 2018.

Liverpool City Region’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan – Your views wanted by Merseytravel

Footpath off Bridges Lane in Sefton Village

www.merseytravel.gov.uk/about-us/local-transport-delivery/Pages/Public-Rights-of-Way-Strategy.aspx

The link above takes you to the web site of Merseytravel and the consultation documents they would like responses to – please have a look if you like cycling or walking locally off road.

Gate and stile from Butchers Lane in Aughton to Millbank in Maghull.

I sit of the Sefton Rights of Way Group representing Lydiate and Maghull Councils so this is matter of interest to me, I am also a regular walker and cyclist.

My view is that what we need to get across to policy makers throughout the Liverpool City Region is that the development of pedestrian pathways are vital to the health and wellbeing of our communities. In short we need the following:-

* More hard surfaced paths which enable their use by cycles and those with disabilities
* Clearly way marked circular routes suitable for push chairs and wheelchairs
* Cycle routes that connect communities
* A clear programme to deliver such improvements over the life of the next ROWIP within obviously tight resources.

Please join in and let the powers that be know what you think as they work on the Next Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) for Merseyside.