Hampshire Country Council plans to manage countryside access

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NEW plans to make sure the public can visit Hampshire’s countryside have been approved.

The updated proposal was put forward by Hampshire County Council’s executive member for culture, recreation and countryside, Andrew Gibson.

The authority wants to work with other organisations and volunteer services to make sure paths and rights of way are kept open and in good condition.

Cllr Gibson said: ‘We protect and maintain nearly 3,000 miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways across Hampshire. This plan will ensure that with our partners, we can continue to manage a high-quality network of public access across the county.’

The council owns five country parks, as well as nature reserves and historic sites, and hopes the plan will inform people about the best way to navigate the countryside. Cllr Gibson said: ‘I’m pleased that nationally Hampshire has the second highest public satisfaction rating for rights of way among comparable authorities.’