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Rights of Way Liaison Officers

Rights of Way Liaison Officers are volunteers who are nominated/appointed by parish councils.

Parish Council Rights of Way Liaison Officers

  • parish Councils within Dorset are encouraged to elect a Rights of Way Liaison Officer (RoWLO), someone with an interest in the countryside and access who can be the link between the Parish Council and Dorset County Council

  • ideally RoWLOs will be parish councillors (or seconded onto the parish council) and will have good local knowledge not only of the local rights of way network but also the owners and tenants of land in the parish

  • if a RoWLO is doing practical rights of way work the parish council will usually be responsible for their insurance. This is extremely important for all concerned.

  • the Regulation Team at County Hall holds and updates the master copy of the Definitive Map, your Town/Parish Council may also have a copy. You can access a digitised map of Dorset's rights of way at Dorset Explorer (opens in a new window). You will be notified of the creation, diversion, modification and extinguishment orders as they are made

The role of a Rights of Way Liaison Officer

  • encourage volunteers to help keep the rights of way network in good condition

  • promote schemes that involve schools and others in rights of way matters

  • liaise with the local representatives of national bodies to promote understanding between path users, landowners and tenants

  • maintain regular contact with County Council officers who are involved in making modification, diversion and extinguishment orders

  • promote rights of way information and news through your parish magazine and other media

  • communicate with representatives of neighbouring parishes to ensure continuity because paths generally do not recognise the administrative boundaries of parish, district or county councils

  • liaise closely with the Green Space Management Team on matters such as path signing, way-marking and resolution of problems on the network. Local knowledge is usually the key to progress

  • be responsible for the Town/Parish Council Rights of Way Information Pack and rights of way related correspondence

Please contact your local Parish Council if you are interested in becoming a Rights of Way Liaison Officer.

 

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