Have your say on Public Rights of Way

Canal footpath

We are carrying out a survey into how you use and value local Public Rights of Way (PROWs). We want to hear your views on how they should be used!

Kirklees has over 2,000 PROWs. If put end to end would stretch from the centre of Huddersfield to the centre of London and back with still some to spare. PROWs are made up of footpaths, bridleways, and byways.

Rights of Way Improvement Plan

We need your opinions so they can inform our statutory review of our Rights of Way Improvement Plan, which is intended to improve the use and design of the network. We have already consulted with a range of user groups and partner organisations and would now like to hear from the wider public.

Residents and landowners are being asked to complete a five-minute online survey which seeks to find out more about usage of public rights of way. We want to know how and why you use them and how often, and whether they meet your needs as a user. A key focus is non how you think they could be improved for the benefit of all who use them.

Need to hear silent majority, says Councillor

Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Environment said:

“It is really important that we hear from the silent majority in Kirklees as well as the usual engaged groups and people. We need to know how we can improve the PROW network for the benefit of the whole community. In particular, we need to know how and why people use them and if they do not, then how can we remove the barriers that prevent use.

“PROWS provide people with access to the countryside, to open spaces where they can partake in exercise, so they are a vital resource that works to keep people physically and mentally healthy. They also provide important corridor routes around the district making it easier for people to get around. These are just two reasons why we need to hear from the public about how they use them.”

Have your say online

Have you say on Public Rights of Way.

Surveys can be completed online till August 21.

Need a paper version to have your say?

If you would like a paper version of the survey, please email publicrightsofway@kirklees.gov.uk or write to:

Public Rights of Way

Room EG11, Public Rights of Way, Kirklees Council, Flint Street Depot, Flint Street, Huddersfield, HD1 6LG