Rights of way charter
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Updated government guidance is the best way to protect yourself and others from coronavirus is to stay alert.
Please follow these steps:
Advice for rights of way users
When using public footpaths and bridleways, please:
- Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
- Follow the Countryside Code.
- You may want to wear gloves to prevent infection when using gates and stiles.
- Wash your hands when you return home.
Please help us to keep the sites safe, usable and wildlife friendly:
- Taking your litter home so our staff can focus on critical operations
- Stay on paths
- Keep dogs under effective control, particularly around livestock and wildlife.
If you encounter a problem when using the path network please report it to us.
Please note: we operate a rights of way charter to manage the path network but the target deadlines are affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Whilst we will endeavour to respond to the more serious category 1 and 2 issues within our normal time scales, this may not be possible at this time.
Issues categorised as ploughing and cropping or 3 and 4 will be addressed only if resources allow.
We are not currently being supported by volunteers due to the pandemic and our own staff may be needed to support Staffordshire’s more vulnerable residents and assist in other areas at this time.
Staffordshire has an extensive public rights of way network, comprising over 8,000 individual routes, spanning over 4,500km.
We work with landowners, parish councils and user groups to protect the public's right to use and enjoy the network.
Whilst every footpath and bridleway is important, an approach is needed that concentrates our limited rights of way resources on those routes and issues that deliver the greatest benefit. Therefore, each route has been assessed against nine criteria (such as demand, proximity to publicly accessible land and local services), which places it into one of three categories - A, B and C. Each category has a different response time, dependant on the issue identified. For example, a missing fingerpost on an A category route will be dealt with sooner than a missing fingerpost on a C category route. The exception to this is where an issue poses an imminent danger, likely to result in a significant accident or injury, and in these instances, we will respond straightaway, regardless of a route’s category.
The rights of way charter (459 KB) sets out the standards that we aim to meet when we have received an enquiry. Please note that these are desired standards and they are dependent on many factors, including available manpower and budget, weather and ground conditions, accessibility to the site, and environmental issues.