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Public rights of way enforcement

Like a public road, a public right of way is highway which anybody may use at any time.

Public Rights of Way - General Information

  • Public rights of way are ways over which the public have the right to pass and re-pass.
  • Public footpaths are for pedestrians only.
  • Public bridleways are for pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists.
  • Public byways are pedestrians, horse riders, cyclists and motorised vehicles, subject to the character of the way.

Maps of public rights of way

Public Rights of Way within the Basildon District are the responsibility of Essex County Council.

However, The definitive map showing all public rights of way in the Basildon district  can be viewed during normal working hours at Basildon Council's town centre offices in St Martin's Square, Basildon.

Further information

Public Rights of Way - Enforcement

Generally speaking Basildon Council is not able to take enforcement action over unauthorised blocking or diversions of public rights of way.

In its capacity as the local highways authority, Essex County Council - Public rights of way is the enforcing authority which has the authority to take enforcement action over unauthorised blocking or diversions of public rights of way.

The only cases in which Basildon Council as the Local Planning Authority can take action are those in which the blocking of the public right of way results from a breach of the planning permission, either:

  • the permission has not been carried out in accordance with the approved plans;
  • a condition of the planning permission has not been complied with.

In such cases the Local Planning Authority's enforcement action will be against the breach of planning control and not against the blocking of the public right of way. But the effect of the action may result in the removal of the blockage.

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