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Public Rights of Way

Latest News - 21 July 2020: Public Rights of Way Coronavirus Update

Following advice from Government to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, the PROW team are continuing to undertake home-based working wherever possible, avoiding unnecessary travel and all face to face meetings both internally and externally remain suspended.

We are currently employing the use of digital meeting solutions and have adapted our approach to on-site working to ensure we safeguard our workforce and minimise the spread of the virus whilst still maintaining the PROW network. Our programmes of maintenance have not been significantly affected by the requirements to socially distance thanks to the commitment of our team to find solutions and adapt to new ways of working.

However, the PROW network has seen a significant increase in usage and volume of enquiries during this crisis. Whilst these volumes remain well above average and our working pattern altered, there may be some delay to investigation, assessment and responses to enquiries relating to all aspects of PROW, Highway Records and Public Path Order work. Urgent safety-related enquiries and works will be prioritised above others in order that we focus on keeping the network safe.

We are working in a constantly moving environment as Government continue to update their advice regularly so please bear with us while we work through the challenges that the current conditions present. Please check this feed for service updates.

Thank you for your continued support for your PROW network.

Public Rights of Way

There are over six thousand kilometres of Public Rights of Way in Essex, comprising footpaths, bridleways and byways.

We have a statutory duty to record and keep public rights of way open.

Our team providing this service comprise of the Definitive Map and Records team, the Localism, Liaison and Enforcement teams, the Inspection team and the Operations and Delivery team. We all work together to assert and protect your public rights of way network. 

Use these pages to find out more about the services we provide and the works that we undertake.