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Improvement Plan

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 places a duty on all Highway Authorities to produce a Rights of Way Improvement Plan, a copy of which is available to download from this page.

What is the Countryside Access and Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP)?

The ROWIP is a five year strategic document covering the whole of Lincolnshire, setting out how the authority intends to improve the management, provision and promotion of public rights of way in the county.

The CROW Act required assessments to be made of:

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  • The extent to which local rights of way meet the present and likely future needs of the public
  • The opportunities provided by local rights of way for exercise and other forms of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of the authority’s area
  • The accessibility of local rights of way to blind or partially sighted persons and others with mobility problems, and
  • Such other matters relating to local rights of way as the Secretary of State may direct

The first Lincolnshire Countryside Access and Rights of Way Improvement Plan was published in April 2007.

Vision statement

Our Vision for the Rights of Way Improvement Plan in Lincolnshire is: “To have an integrated network of rights of way that is relevant for today’s needs, bringing added benefits to residents and visitors by supporting wider interests including sustainable transport, rural economy and tourism, health benefits and quality of life issues.”

Putting the plan in to action

The ROWIP is being implemented under four themes, each with a strategic aim and supporting the wider social objectives of the County Council including the aims of the LTP:

  • Sustainable Transport - Strategic Aim to increase the use of the network for sustainable transport and utility trips
  • Health and Well-being - Strategic Aim to make it easier for people to incorporate exercise into their daily lives and lead healthier lifestyles
  • Rural Economy and Tourism - Strategic Aim to support local businesses and tourism through access improvements
  • Social Issues - Strategic Aim to enable more people to enjoy walking and riding

There is also a separate strand of Core Tasks that will assist in the management of the network and access opportunities.

The Statement of Action within the ROWIP sets out our plans for implementing the ROWIP with targets and timescales for delivery. Whilst it is a requirement to prepare and publish a ROWIP, there is no statutory requirement, or specified funds to implement one. Improvement work is being implemented through existing budgets and by using other funding to translate the ROWIP to actions on the ground.

The ROWIP is available to download from this page, with hard copies available by contacting the Countryside Access team.



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Last updated: 29 November 2017

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