Footpaths and Rights of Way
Cllr. James Morrison
Broughton is blessed with a veritable warren of footpaths both major and minor. They are much used by residents of the village both for ease of access and for simple recreational exercise.
They are much used by residents of the village both for ease of access and for simple recreational exercise.
Parish council responsibilities
- may undertake the maintenance of any public footpath or bridleway in the parish. Maintenance means, in effect, the cutting back of surface vegetation and surface repairs
- if a right of way is obstructed, the parish council can require the highway authority to assert and protect the public’s right to use the way concerned and to keep it free from obstruction
- consulting on proposals to modify, reclassify, close and divert rights of way
- carrying out waymarking once landowners’ permission has been gained
- insisting the highway authority sign any footpaths, bridleways, roads used as public paths and by-ways open to all traffic where they leave a metalled road
- creating new footpaths and bridleways, by agreement with the landowner
- having a kissing gate installed in place of a stile, at the parish council’s expense, once the landowner’s consent has been given