The role of town and community councils in protecting paths


Town and community councils are in a unique position to speak up for residents who use local paths. While the statutory duty to protect paths rests with the highway authority, Parliament has given important rights and powers to local councils concerning rights of way. No other authority can know the local paths as well as a local council can, and the voice of the local council will command the attention of the authority when action is called for.

The Ramblers Cymru guide Paths for people: a guide to public paths for members of town and community councils explains the powers of local councils relating to obstructions, ploughing and cropping, maintenance, closures and diversions and modifying the definitive map. It goes on to suggest 10 ways that councils can promote local paths. We hope this guide will inform and empower local councils to protect paths in their area, as well as encouraging Ramblers groups and local residents in Wales to work with town and community councils.

Download Paths for People in English
Lawr lwythwch Lwybrau i bobl yn Gymraeg
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