Better satisfaction with our rights of way

A bridleway right of way sign
A bridleway right of way sign

Satisfaction with Central Beds Council’s public footpaths and bridleways has risen to 89 per cent in the past year.

The council manages more than 1,330km of public rights of way across the area, including 975km of public footpaths, 330km of bridleways and 26km of byways.

And every year the council surveys a random sample of users to check whether the routes are up to scratch and easy to use.

The satisfaction result in 2012 was 72 per cent.

Councillor Brian Spurr, executive member for sustainable communities, services, said: “We do these surveys to check that people are happy with how easy it is to use the paths in the area.

“We live in such a lovely area and we want people to enjoy the outside and keep active, so this is really important to us.

“There are always issues like paths being obstructed by crops or bad weather affecting routes. But we spend a lot of time maintaining the path network on a day to day basis, as well as other work resolving around map issues.

“It’s often a hard job out in all weathers but these satisfaction results make it all worth it.”