Public rights of way


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice to owners or occupiers of land regarding public rights of way

People living in close proximity to public rights of way are reminded that the public have a legal right to use a Public Right of Way, and that they should not block or obstruct paths. Some paths pass close to residential properties, and in some cases through gardens, but with sensible precautions there is no reason that this would increase the risk to householders of contracting Coronavirus.

Public rights of way provide an opportunity for local people to take exercise and get some fresh air in these difficult times. However, people should not be making special journeys to access them, and should not congregate on public rights of way. If there is a particular problem with people congregating on a right of way then the Police should be informed who have powers to disperse such groups.

Where residents living near public rights of way have concerns then they should exercise suitable precautions to ensure social distancing from people on the path. They may also want to regularly clean any gate latches or other surfaces on any paths across their property.

In exercising their right of way the public should be mindful that some public rights of way pass through residential properties and / or working farms, etc. So as to prevent the spread of the virus the public should ensure that they keep to the line of the public right of way, avoid approaching buildings off the line of the Public Right Way and also approaching farm animals and pets belonging to those properties.

We will take any further actions necessary in the event of any changes to legislation or Government guidance but at this time there are no plans to close public rights of way.

Public rights of way network

There are more than 1,267 kilometres of rights of way in the borough. Any changes to public rights of way must be made by legal orders. 

How do I report an issue?

We are responsible for public rights of way in the Cheshire west area. If you are having problems with access, animals etc. then please tell us.

Report an issue

I've already reported an issue

You can check the progress of the report using our status checker. You can also use this to provide an update.

Rights of way improvement plan 2011 - 2016

Local Access Forum

Local Access Forums advise on matters that affect public access to land for recreation and other purposes. Our Local Access Forum consists of ten individuals who have volunteered from the local community. The forum is a statutory organisation which is independent of the Borough Council.

Forum meetings

The meetings are held in public, but are not public meetings and any contribution from the public is at the discretion of the Chair.

Agendas and minutes of meetings that were held under the Cheshire Local Access Forum can be found on the Cheshire East Council website.

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