Have your say on how Hampshire footpaths are handled

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Have your say

PEOPLE have the chance to make their views known on the county’s footpaths as part of a public consultation.

Hampshire County Council is holding a consultation about its 7,000 paths, which total nearly 3,000 miles.

The rights of way are spread over 80 sites managed by the council and other sites owned and managed by other public bodies and landowners.

The council is asking for residents’ views as it prepares to review and update its Countryside Access Plan, which determines how these public rights of way are managed.

Councillor Keith Chapman, executive member for countryside, said: ‘We prioritise what we do to ensure that we provide a high quality network that meets people’s needs.

‘To this end, and in light of the increasing pressure on council resources, it is imperative there is a clear and agreed strategy to guide how these resources can be used to best effect.’

For more information go online at www3.hants.gov.uk/countryside/access-plans or call 01962 847354.

The consultation closes on Sunday, October 26.