Staffordshire has an extensive Public Rights of Way network, comprising over 8,000 individual routes, spanning over 4,500km.
The council works 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 the council’s 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, the council will respond straightaway, regardless of a route’s category.
The Rights of Way Charter sets out the standards that the council aims to meet when it has 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.