In virtually all cases, the Highway Authority is responsible for the maintenance of the surface of a public right of way.
It is 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 the Council unless it, itself, is the freeholder of that land.
The Council looks after the roads and footways in the borough. 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:
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 our Street Cleansing webpage.
To report a cleanliness problem, please use our online Street Cleansing Report Form
Where gating orders are in place the council will be 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:
If you have any concerns regarding a public right of way or would like to report any other problem, please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.