Openness of Government - Delegated Decisions

Openness of Government Regulations 2014

The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 requires us to keep, and publish on our website, a written record of certain decisions made under some delegated powers since August 2014.  

These decisions include

  • New Gates (or stiles)

We can authorise new gates and stiles across rights of way under section 147 of the Highways act 1980.  There must be a need for the new gate/stile in the interests of agriculture or forestry.

  • Temporary Closures of Rights of Way

We can make temporary traffic regulation orders or notices to close paths for up to six months for various purposes, usually for works to be carried out or for public safety.  

  • Public Path Orders

The Head of Park Management can authorise public path orders and creation agreements where no objections are received during the informal consultation process.  We can confirm the order if no formal objections are then received after the order has been made.  Our delegation scheme says that the Head of Park Management has powers to decide whether to forward the matter to the Secretary of State unless formal substantive representations have been made, in which case the decision reverts to the Rights of Way Committee.

  • Modification Orders

All modification orders are determined by the Rights of Way Committee

  • Consents to use rights of way for motor events

The Head of Park Management can grant consent for motor events to take place on public rights of way under section 33 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.  This consent is usually subject to certain conditions such as signage and marshalling.

  • Open Access - Restrictions

We have powers to make restrictions relating to open access land under the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000.  We have not been required to make any decisions of this nature since the Openness of Government regulations were introduced in 2014.

  • Open Access – Access Points

We have also have powers under section 35 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act to make agreements with landowners to install or improve access points (gates, stiles, etc) on open access land.  The Head of Park Management has delegated powers to enter into these agreements.

Click on the links below to view all the delegated decisions on rights of way matters for each financial year since the start of 2014-2015, as well as rights of way decisions made by the Rights of Way Committee.  Decisions are listed for each year giving a unique reference number for each decision.  You can download further details of each decision by clicking on the reference number link (details of Committee Decisions may can be found on the Rights of Way Committee pages