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Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) Review

Do you use paths in Cardiff for walking, by wheelchair, cycling, horse riding – or just getting outdoors? If so Cardiff Council’s Public Rights of Way team would like your ideas and views about the current and future Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP)​.​
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Rights of Way Improvement Plan Survey​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window  - Please fill in the survey and have your say on Public Rights of Way

We aim to improve rights of way by:

 

We’ll be working with other Council departments to make sure we link into other initiatives – for instance, Active Travel and be asking for feedback at events, group meetings, through social media and via the Council’s website in order to fulfil the statutory requirements of section 61 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000External link opens in a new window
 
 
Details on the process on how we are going to do this can be found below.

Cardiff Council has a Public Rights of Way (PROW) network of approx. 200 km, consisting of footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways. In addition, there are several sites and routes that provide access opportunities in Cardiff such as permissive paths, green lanes, cycle tracks, parks and common land.


In June 2008, Cardiff Council published its first ROWIP; the purpose of it was to provide a 10-year plan outlining how the PROW team would manage and improve its Rights of Way and access opportunities within that period.

In Wales, there were 23 ROWIPs produced. Now, almost 10 years on from publishing the first ROWIPs, local authorities must consider whether or not to amend them. Due to various legislative changes and economic challenges in the last 10 years, they are likely to produce new ROWIPs and publish them between 2017-19. Cardiff Council has decided to review theirs and publish a new 10-year ROWIP.

The first ROWIPs were subject to Welsh Government guidance in 2002, which outlined how the ROWIPs should be produced and the stages involved. These included; consultations with members of the public and various interested groups, review of relevant strategic documents, condition assessments of existing PROW network and a review of the Definitive Map. 

The review and republication of a new ROWIP will be subject to updated Welsh Government GuidanceExternal link opens in a new window issued in July 2016. To summarise, this includes:

  • Evaluating the delivery of the previous ROWIP
  • Evaluation of the current condition of the PROW network and its legal record
  • Addressing the statutory & supplementary matters (see page 3 below)
  • Assessing public needs and identifying opportunities
  • Preparing a new Statement of Action and Delivery Plans
  • Developing & renewing delivery plans
  • Publishing the draft of the new ROWIP
  • Publishing the finalised new ROWIP
  • Implementing the new ROWIP


New ROWIPs will differ from earlier ROWIPs in the following ways:

  • Statement of Action and Delivery Plans; in the Annexes, the Delivery Plans will set out shorter term and flexible work plans that can be reviewed and changed when needed. New Statement of Actions (which will complement the Delivery Plans) will only include long term & strategic work plans for the 10-year period.  The first ROWIP had Statement of Actions which could not be changed without a review of the plan in its entirety.
  • Evaluation of the first ROWIP; The extent to which actions in last ROWIP have been delivered, with any outstanding or relevant actions taken forward.
  • Review of limitations & authorised structures; The Welsh Govt. guidance includes a direction to review and provide a summary of limitations & authorised structures on the public rights of way network.
  • Links to new/updated plans and strategies (ref Stage 4, point 2. a); Links to other plans and strategies developed since the first ROWIP, that refer to active travel (walking & cycling), outdoor access, health & well-being and transport.  In Cardiff Council, these include; Capital Ambition, Corporate Plan 2017-2019, Liveable City Report 2017, Transport Plan 2015-2020, SEW Regional Transport Plan (2010), Cardiff Local Development Plan 2006-2026 (Adopted), Cardiff ‘What Matters’ strategy, Enfys (cycle network) and Active Travel Maps, City Deal, Walkable Neighbourhood Programme and Green Infrastructure Action Plan.
  • Focus on non-participants; consider the needs of the wider public including those who currently do not participate in outdoor recreation regularly.
  • Focus on blind, partially sighted and mobility users; more emphasis on taking into account the needs of blind or partially sighted people and those with mobility issues.

 

The following key pieces of legislation have also been enacted since publication of the first ROWIP will need to be given due regard and incorporated in the new plan:

The Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000 is the legal mechanism for the draft and review of ROWIPs (section 61). The review will be carried out by reference to the statutory and supplementary matters contained therein:

Statutory matters:

  • The extent to which local rights of way meet the present and future needs of the public, with plans to manage and improve them
  • The opportunities provided by local rights of way for exercise and other forms of open air recreation and the enjoyment of the authority’s area
  • The accessibility of local rights of way to blind or partially sighted people and others with mobility problems


Supplementary/additional matters:

  • An evaluation of the degree to which the previous ROWIP has been delivered
  • An evaluation of the present condition of the network and its record
  • Opportunities to contribute to Active Travel objectives
  • Opportunities to contribute to Well-being objectives
  • Opportunities to contribute to the delivery of other plans and priorities

 

We should also include:

  • Consideration of current & new planning proposals in regards to the Local Development Plan (LDP)
  • Consideration of any directives from Welsh Government in regard to current or new consultations specifically re. PROW, e.g. ‘Improving opportunities to access the outdoors for responsible recreation’, or other legislative changes.

 

The timetable below sets out the stages to be followed to produce a new up to date revised ROWIP for Cardiff. It includes target dates by which each stage is to be completed and is broken down into various tasks.


Inevitably some tasks may change or develop as feedback and various views are considered, so target dates are open to review.


There will be 2 further consultations; during the New Assessment at stage 4 and the Draft new ROWIP at stage 5 (which must be for a minimum of 12 weeks).


At the end of stage 3, we will have 12 months to publish the new ROWIP. Once the new ROWIP is published, the Delivery Plans will need to be monitored every year to keep the document relevant over the next 10 yrs.


Stages

Task

Target Date

 

Stage 1

Planning Review

  • Decision to review first ROWIP, consider staffing
  • Appointment of ROWIP Officer

April-May 2017
Aug-Sept 2017

 

Stage 2

Initial Consultation

Issue Documents:

 

  • Prepare initial consultation document to include the background, outline, terms of reference and timetable for the new ROWIP using the WG guidance notes and Cardiff strategic plans
  • Publish to website for the public
  • Send by e-mail to the following:
  • Each Highway Authority adjoining Cardiff
  • All Community Council and Councillors in Cardiff
  • Local Access Forum (LAF)
  • Natural Resources Wales (NRW)
  • Statutory consultees for Public Path Orders
  • Relevant Cardiff Council internal Depts.
  • Any other local relevant or interested persons/groups/organisations Cardiff Council is aware of, or is made aware of by our consultees 


Review Responses:

 

  • Produce Consultation Response Report
  • If necessary, make amendments and finalise report

 

 

 

October 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November –December   2017

 

Stage 3

Review of first ROWIP (2008-2018)

  • Review and itemise the 16 Priority tasks and target actions achieved/not achieved in the first ROWIP
  • Assess the extent of delivery of previous ROWIP
  • Review previous ROWIP statement of action
  • Consider any feedback on first ROWIP from Initial Consultation in Consultation Report
  • Prepare summary report

 

 

 

October 2017 – June 2018

 

Stage 4

New Assessment

Evaluation of the current condition of the network and its legal record

 

  • Assess the current condition of local Rights of Way network & access
  • Assess accuracy of records, including:
  • Outstanding modification or public path orders
  • Record of limitations
  • Processes for recording and changing
  • Assess how information or advice is made available
  • Highlight any key issue


Evaluation of future needs & opportunities

 

  • Consider relevant studies/assessments/plans since first ROWIP publication (ref page 2), including:
  • The Welsh Outdoor Recreation Survey
  • NRW’s Good for People Toolkit
  • Active Travel Maps
  • Local Well-being Assessments and Plans
  • Area Statements
  • Development Plans
  • Cardiff plans & strategies (Outlined on page 2)
  • Undertake various targeted consultation and stakeholder engagement:
  • Consultation events with local communities
  • Engagement with a wide variety of groups & organisation including minorities
  • Produce evidence based summary of public need:
  • Identify needs that exist, but are not being met
  • Consider plans that identify relevant needs
  • Other various/specific criteria; geographical areas, groups of people, high value improvements, etc.  

 

 

April 2017 – August 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2017-August  2018

 

Stage 5

Prepare Draft ROWIP

  • Consider areas of previous ROWIP that require update or amendment
  • Produce revised Statements of Action  
  • Develop Delivery Plan, link to Statement of Action
  • Prepare new Draft bilingual ROWIP
  • Publish to website, circulate to LAF and all contacts in or further to Stages 2 & 4 consultations  
  • Prepare bilingual advertisement for notice of Draft ROWIP to be circulated in at least 2 local newspapers, local public venues
  • Conduct minimum 12-week public consultation
  • Amend draft plan further to consultation and inform LAF of amendments.
  • Agree procedure for dealing with any substantive objections.

 

December 2017 –
November  2018

 

Consult December 2018 –    March 2019

 

Stage 6

Publish Final ROWIP

  • Ensure all agreed amendments to draft plan and annexed ‘Delivery Plans’ made.
  • Place final copy on deposit at principal offices
  • Provide copy of new ROWIP on website
  • Send notice of completion to relevant parties
  • Undertake any other appropriate publicity

By end June  2019

 

Stage 7

Set up on-going monitoring procedure

  • Regularly check work against Delivery plans
  • Review and update new ROWIP Delivery plans against actions achieved/not achieved annually
  • Review full ROWIP again in 10 years.

 

1. On-going
2. June 2020, then annually
3. 2027-29



If you have any comments about the ROWIP and/or want to take part in future consultations, please let us know.


 
You can also write to:
 
Tricia Cottnam, ROWIP Officer,
Public Rights of Way Team (room 301),
Cardiff Council,
County Hall,
Cardiff,
CF10 4UW
 
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