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Public Rights of Way

Latest News - 25 January 2021: Public Rights of Way Coronavirus Update

We are continuing to support Government in thier efforts to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.The PROW team continue to undertake home-based working wherever possible, avoiding unnecessary travel, and all face to face meetings both internally and externally are currently suspended.

We are sucessfully making 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 we are now begining to see team members affected directly or indirectly through requirements to quarantine. 

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 remain our priority in order that we focus on keeping the network safe.

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.