Rural organisations join forces to Suggest Highways Act amendment
RURAL GROUPS have joined forces to call for an am endm ent to the Highw ays Act 1980 which would improve safety on the public rights of way netwo rk after a spike in livestock-related deaths. This diversion would help to lessen the risk of furth er serious episode s happ ening to visitors in th e countryside and permit farmers to run their businesses safely and eff ec tively. The prop osal providesa 14-day notice time for a 40-day diversion of a right of way, with clear finds placed in either
End of the route.
CLA vice president Mark Tufnell stated:”W e believe our proposal will help to save lives. There have been several tragic events lately of walkers being murdered by livestock while visiting the country side. Our priority is people’s safety, and by amending the Highways Actland owners are going to be permitted to choose the necessarysteps to prot ect th e public”
The idea was sparked by a pilot plan in Cornwall that utilized permissive paths (a path landowners allow the public to use) to off er an alternate route when livestock were grazed on the land. The current processfor permanently divertin g public right s of manner is complex and inflexible.