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Public Rights of Way

Latest News - 04 February 2021: Public Rights of Way Coronavirus Update

The PROW network is currently under significant pressure from the increase in usage caused by lockdown coupled with this period of sustained rainfall. 

Whilst enquiry volumes remain well above average 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.

During a period of extreme wet weather, please understand that there is little we can do to alleviate surface issues until water levels subside. We would always advise wearing suitable footwear and to avoid the worst affected areas, if possible. 

Please only report an issue if it is absolutely necessary and there is a serious safety concern.

We are continuing to support Government in their 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.

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.