Rights and wrongs

Red tape around public footpaths is to be slashed, Defra says, making it both easier to declare new public rights of way and to declare old routes defunct.

The new, more ‘logical’ procedures will streamline, rather than alter, what is set down in the Countryside Rights of Way Act 2000; requests to move rights of way will only be approved if they do not affect the public’s enjoyment of the route, but the process will be made more straightforward.

Harry Cotterell, president of the Country Land and Business Association, praised the initiative, saying that the changes should “improve the present incomprehensible procedures.”

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