Improving Public Access Routes

Working for organisations such as Somerset County Council, we have a good understanding of improving and maintaining all types of public access routes, including footpaths, bridleways, BOATs (byway open to all traffic) and restricted byways.

Maintenance responsibilities are usually divided between County Councils, Unitary Authorities, and landowners. GreenPaddocks Commercial fully backs the need for well maintained PROW (Public Rights of Way), and this quote from a shared policy statement by the British Mountaineering Council, the British Horse Society, the Open Spaces Society and the Ramblers, gives food for thought:

‘Despite the popularity of countryside visits, our access infrastructure is not effectively or adequately supported. The extent and quality of public access opportunities is patchy; good quality access exists in some areas, but in others the recreational infrastructure is fragmented, in poor condition or access is not signposted. The last national survey on the condition of public rights of way was undertaken in 2000 and revealed that on average users were likely to come across a serious obstruction every 2 kilometres.’

Compliance:

Our maintenance and work crews are trained and qualified in all areas of the work we carry out and have a wealth of experience. We are fully insured and comply comprehensively with all relevant health and safety procedures and supporting legislation. We commit to a policy of sound environmental practice and we use site-specific risk assessments and method statements

Who we work with:

An approved Somerset County Council contractor, our commercial clients also include Chartered Surveyors, Landscape Architects, Chartered Construction Companies, Natural England, the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, SITA UK Ltd, Western Power Distribution, numerous district councils, local authorities and others.

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