Caerphilly county borough's responsibilities

CCBC are the Highway Authority and Surveying Authority with regard to the public rights of way network in the county.

Below is a summary of our duties and responsibilities.

Legal duties

  • Assert and protect the rights of the public to use and enjoy the network.
  • Continuously review and update the Definitive Map and Statement (the legal record of all public rights of way).
  • Make the Definitive Map and Statement available to the public for inspection and to make them aware of the possibility of applying for modifications.
  • Evaluate diversion and extinguishment proposals.
  • Consider applications for new structures to be placed within a right of way.
  • Consider requests for the temporary closure of routes.
  • Consider, and in a small number of situations initiate, public path orders for the diversion, extinguishment or creation of routes.
  • Put in place legal signs and notices regarding temporary path closures and changes to the network (for example, diversions).
  • Consider requests from landowners to alter the surface of a public path.
  • Remind users and landowners of the rights and responsibilities they have toward the public rights of way network, and enforce these where necessary.
  • Process plans and statements submitted by landowners who seek to protect their land from future claims.
  • Produce a Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP), setting out how the public rights of way network will be managed and improved.

Network maintenance

  • Ensure that the network is safe and accessible for the public to use.
  • Maintain the surface of most public rights of way to a standard suitable for the access rights that exist for the public, so a bridleway, for example, will be maintained to a standard suitable for horseriders, cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Signpost and waymark the public rights of way network where they leave metalled roads, with the discretion to undertake further signposting at other appropriate locations.
  • Manage the natural surface growth within the context of recreational routes in the countryside.
  • Maintain bridges over which public rights of way pass. Where public access across a bridge is shared with private rights, the maintenance responsibility is also shared between the County Council and the respective landowner.
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