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Public rights of way

Public Rights of Way (PROW) include footpaths, bridleways and byways and are open at all times for walking, horse riding and sometimes for vehicle use. The Highways Development Control and Public Rights of Way Team at Walsall Council forms part of the highway authority and has a statutory duty to protectand assert public rights of way.

Our main roles include:​

  • Upkeep of the Definitive Map and Statement, which is the legal record of public rights of way in the area.
  • Maintaining a register of applications for unrecorded  public rights of way under s.53 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1975
  • Maintaining a register of S31(6) applications lodged by landowners to acknowledge existing public access across their land, helping to prevent the accrual of additional new public rights of way
  • Providing advice to land owners, developers and planning services where public rights of way may be affected by development
  • Providing advice and implementing legal orders for changes to the public rights of way network, including creation, diversion or closure, as required
  • Administering Walsall Local Access Forum
  • Preparing and reviewing a Rights of Way Improvement Plan
  • Monitoring the condition of the borough’s public rights of way and implementing a programme of planned improvements, reactive repairs and other measures to deal with any barriers to access along the network.

Contact the Public Rights of Way team.