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Public Rights of Way - Our Works

Public Rights of Way - Our Works

Small Works Programme (April to March)

1003 jobs completed since 1st April 2020
1036 jobs completed in 2019/20
771 jobs completed in 2018/19

We have dedicated specialist teams that work on our PROW network who are skilled in working in the countryside. Their work is produced by our PROW Inspection team who answer your enquiries and conduct condition surveys of the network. The work is risk assessed and then managed through a programme which, after safety, is driven by the seasons. Much of our work is remote and only accessible across the fields and so is closely linked to ground conditions, farming practices and environmental factors such as species protection.

Volunteer work parties, Parish Councils and farmers also play a vital role in the upkeep of our paths.

Small Works Programme

Most of the works we do are small jobs like replacing or repairing items such as fingerposts at the side of the road, small bridges across ditches, waymark posts to mark junctions with other paths and steps to help manage gradients. We tend to do work to bridges during the autumn and late spring when the ground is dry enough for us to get across fields with our materials and equipment and when we don’t interfere too much with farming. Work closer to the road and that are not directly a hazard to users, like replacing fingerposts, will often be done over the winter months.

Cutting Programmes

In 2020 we cut 2,823,231m2 of Public Rights of Way

In addition to this we have over 80 landowners, 17 Parish Councils and the City Council also undertaking cutting on your Public Rights of Way 

Please see our Vegetation Cutting page where you can find out more about the ways we cut and when, and also where you can view the paths that we cut.

Large Schemes 

Alongside the smaller jobs, we will also do large improvement schemes for paths that need more attention and bigger investment. Generally the work will be long sections of surface improvements. They are prioritised via a scoring matrix that considers disability access, rate of deterioration, current condition and volume and type of usage.

These are the schemes we are working on this year:

LocationWorksStatus Project Completion Notification  
Byway 31 Eldon Surface and drainage improvements Completed Elmdon 31
Footpath 16 Earls Colne  Boardwalk replacement Completed  
Footpath 13 Tilbury Juxta Clare Boardwalk installation Completed  Tilbury-juxta-Clare 13
Byway 4 Clavering Surface and drainage improvements Completed  Clavering 4
Byway 33 Henham Riverside revetment to counter erosion Completed  Henham 33

2019 Completed Schemes

Location Works  Project Completion Notification
Byway 99 Thaxted / 22 Tilty / 26 Broxted  Surface and drainage improvements  Thaxted 99/ Tilty 22/ Broxted 26
Byway 14 Kelvedon Hatch  Surface and drainage improvements  Kelvedon Hatch 14
Byway 63 Clavering/ 3 Berden  Surface and drainage improvements   Clavering 63/ Berden 3
 

We welcome match funded projects and are proud to deliver works with partners 

Contact us to discuss your proposals
ELAF@essexhighways.org

Local Highway Panel PRoW Schemes 

Find out about the works that your Local Highway Panels fund and how you can apply

  • Byway 12 Kelvedon Hatch (2019) Surface and drainage improvements Kelvedon Hatch 12