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Maintenance and Cleaning of Public Rights of Way

In virtually all cases, the Highway Authority is responsible for the maintenance of the surface of a public right of way.

They are not, except by agreement or for some structural reason, responsible for fences, hedges and free standing walls. Maintenance of such boundaries lies with the adjacent landowner. Failure to properly maintain those boundaries, to the detriment of the users of the path, could lead to legal action.

The ownership of the land over which the path passes does not lie with us unless it, itself, is the freeholder of that land.

For maintenance, obstructions, dog fouling, flytipping and litter issues, please use our online forms, or contact us using the details below. 

Street care and maintenance

We look after the roads and footways in Dudley. The ongoing street maintenance programs and repair works ensure that getting around the borough is as easy as possible.

If you have any concerns or problems regarding a public right of way or would like to report damage to a public right of way, please use our online forms:

Street cleansing

We keep roads, pavements, public car parks and shopping areas clean of litter, debris and larger items of rubbish that have been dumped. For further information please see Street Cleansing.

To report a cleanliness problem, please use our online Street Cleansing Report Form

Maintenance of the gates on public rights of ways

Where gating orders are in place we are responsible for the maintenance of the gates that have been placed to restrict the use of the public right of way.

For further information please see:

  • Traffic & Transportation, Economic Regeneration and Transportation, Directorate of the Urban Environment, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1HL

    Telephone 01384 815424

    Contact us - Traffic and transportation