Walford Parish has over 25 miles of Public Rights of Way (PROW). They provide a fabulous resource and attraction for walkers and horse riders.
So, who is responsible for the upkeep of our PROWs?
Balfour Beatty on behalf of Herefordshire Council are responsible for:
- Clearance of surface vegetation
- Signage and way marking
- Keeping bridges in safe repair
Landowners are responsible for:
- Cutting back overgrown hedges that restrict access
- Clearing fallen trees which cause a blockage
- Maintaining gates and styles
- Restricting bulls or other dangerous livestock from fields with PROW access
- Not posting misleading signage to discourage usage
Additionally, farmers should not disturb the surface of a PROW during field operations. If a PROW is ploughed, or otherwise damaged, the surface must be restored within 14 days to a width of 1 metre for public footpaths and 2 metres for public bridleways.
Walford Parish Council has been a member of Parish Paths Partnership (P3) for many years. This scheme was designed to enable local volunteers to help keep Public Rights of Way networks serviceable, as economically as possible.
Until 2019 the Parish Council has received a grant from Herefordshire Council towards carrying out some aspects of maintenance, using a suitably qualified and insured sub-contractor. This includes clearance of surface vegetation and some signage improvements. Balfour Beatty remain responsible for bridges and drainage. The Parish Council decided to continue to fund this maintenance through the precept, though at a much reduced level.
How can I report a problem on a PROW?
Problems can be reported in two ways.
By contacting the Public Rights of Way Officer for Walford Parish via the clerk.
By contacting Herefordshire Council directly through their website.
(You will need to register the first time you use this service)
With limited funding it is not possible to proactively inspect and maintain all PROWs, we can only address reported problems. Which ever method you use it would assist greatly if you can identify the footpath or bridleway by it’s number using this map.