Final chance to have your say on the footpaths and bridleways in the Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coast National Parks.

For release 17th October 2011
In view of the level of interest shown by the public, Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authorities have decided to extend the consultation period which invites people to take part in their Public Rights of Way network questionnaire so that they can review and assess the network’s value and effectiveness.  This joint review will enhance the current work that is being undertaken by both National Parks on their Rights of Way Improvement Plans. 
 
In particular, the questionnaire will be an opportunity to express views on the current network of footpaths and bridleways which walkers, wheelchair users, horse riders and cyclists use to access and enjoy the countryside. This joint review will provide the National Park Authorities with valuable information on the current management, resources and delivery of the Public Rights of Way network, if these meet the needs of the people using them and what priorities need to be addressed in the future.
 
The National Parks of Wales are committed to promoting access for all and they play a major role in managing a large network of Public Rights of Way, mainly classified as public footpaths and bridleways, which provide access to and enjoyment of these unique landscapes. 
 
Mrs Margaret Underwood, Lead Member for the Project and Member Champion for Biodiversity of Brecon Beacons National Park Authority said:  “We have had a terrific response so far – with almost 50 responses that will provide us with a very good picture of the current network.  We hope that by extending the consultation period more people will offer their views so that we can use this information as a sound framework to set our priorities for the Rights of Way network. The final report is expected to be delivered by mid February 2012 and if people want to give further evidence to the committee there will be two hearing dates in November and December – let us know if you are interested.”
 
You can complete the questionnaire here or on the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority website www.pembrokeshirecoast .org.uk For more information on the Public Rights of Way network questionnaire please contact Lora Davies at lora.davies@breconbeacons.org or telephone 01874 624437