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Rights of way opened up around Llanidloes

 
Created on 05/01/2017 @ 16:18
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Work to open up a number of rights of way around Llanidloes has been completed after many became inaccessible or difficult to navigate.

Powys County Council’s Countryside Services team has been re-opening and carrying out maintenance work on the network around Llanidloes.

The area in and around the market town benefits from numerous public rights of way but over the years many footpaths, bridleway, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic have gradually become inaccessible to the public.

The council has a legal duty to maintain public rights of way and its Countryside Services team has been working in the area to ensure that routes are open and accessible for both local people and visitors.

Several paths around Y Fan have already been re-open and maintenance work carried out on existing, well-used paths.  This has included working with local landowners to remove obstructions, repair and replace broken gates and stiles, improve drainage, path surfaces and signage.

The council’s rights of way officers and landowners are being supported in their work by the council’s Countryside Volunteers, who have been clearing overgrown vegetation, installing pedestrian gates and waymarking routes.

Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Countryside Services, said: “The importance of locally available public paths shouldn’t be underestimated. Our public rights of way network can play a vital role in maintaining the health and well-being of the people of Powys and is hugely beneficial to the local tourism economy.

“Landowners are legally required to keep public rights of way on their land open and accessible and we’re keen to support landowners in fulfilling their obligations.

“Clearly marked routes and well-maintained gates and stiles are essential in allowing people to enjoy the countryside safely but we are also encourage users to respect the needs of the landowner by closing gates, keeping dogs under control and keeping to the correct paths.”

Anyone requiring assistance with a public rights of way in Powys, please contact the Countryside Services team on 01597 827500 or email rightsofway@powys.gov.uk

Photo: Countryside Services Volunteer Team Leader, Michael Mosse, fixes a new waymarker along a bridleway near Y Fan, Llanidloes.


 

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