Cuts Watch #310: Footpaths
The Ramblers’ Association and the Kennel Club have warned that many local authorities are planning to cut their Rights of Way budgets by fifty per cent – some plan to get rid of the Rights of Way teams altogether. They warn that:
Such drastic cuts to Rights of Way departments will lead to footpaths becoming unwalkable, making the simple British tradition of a stroll with the dog an obstacle course rather than a pleasure.
The Ramblers point out that ‘Big Society’ type initiatives cannot compensate for these cuts. Adrian Morris, their Head of Walking Environment, said:
Footpath maintenance costs relatively little but the benefits it brings to the British public are huge which is why we are joining forces with the Kennel Club to urge local authorities not to cut this popular service.