Brighton council plans to continue making countryside ‘accessible for all’
Brighton and Hove City Council will discuss progressing the ten-year plan to improve access to the city’s countryside and open spaces.
The council’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan, which is produced every year, has been constructed following a citywide consultation at the beginning of this year.
Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the Environment Committee said: “I’m extremely impressed by what has been achieved over the last 10 years, in creating new ways for everyone to access and enjoy our open space, and welcome the proposals to build on this success over the next decade.”
The city council are responsible for ensuring footpaths, parks, bridleways and trails are mantained, made accessible and kept safe for members of the public.
Cncllr Mitchell also explained how every day hundreds of people from all over the city enjoy getting out and about, using the city’s footpaths and rights of way and enjoying our precious countryside, parks and open spaces.
Almost 1,000 acres of open land open access land has been created along with more than 26 miles of new public rights of way since the plans were adopted in 2007.
This includes eight and a half miles of ‘Easy Access’ trails and eight miles of multi-user paths to improve access for cyclists, horse riders and people with mobility difficulties.
The council have been working on incorporating responses from the consultation earlier this year into five principle aims:
- Continue to improve accessibility for diverse users such as blind and partially sighted people and those with mobility issues.
- Make information more accessible to residents and visitors.
- Improve connectivity to green spaces within the city, such as linking urban areas and housing estates with green spaces.
- Improve links between urban areas, housing estates and green space within the city.
- Work with South Downs National Park and other authorities to improve access to the National Park and The Living Coast Biosphere.
Councillors from the Environment, Transport and Sustainability will be asked to adopt the plan at a meeting on November 27.