All rural public rights of way are inspected by West Sussex County Council (WSCC), with assistance from volunteers, on a 15-month cycle, on a parish-by-parish basis. Paths in certain urban areas are checked annually by our Highways Inspectors as part of our road and footway inspection programme.
Upon completion of an inspection, routine maintenance works are prioritised and developed into a programme of necessary routine works. This is then passed on to our routine maintenance contractor to carry out according to an agreed schedule (see supporting document below).
This work includes:
- surface vegetation clearance, but excludes side and overhanging vegetation, which are the responsibility of the landowner
- waymarking and signposting
- maintenance of structures, including simple bridges (4m or less in span) and board walks, steps and handrails, but excludes stiles, gates and some fencing, which are the responsibility of the landowner.
The maintenance schedule below shows a full alphabetical list of parishes, and the dates when works are due to be carried out.
The inspection areas map shows how the county has been divided into areas, each managed by an access ranger.
In addition to the routine maintenance programme, a variety of other works will still be delivered on an annual basis. These include:
- a summer clearance programme that clears surface vegetation on selected paths
- a capital improvement programme which delivers larger scale surfacing projects and works on our bridges
- the Volunteer Task Programme which addresses issues around the county and is coordinated by our Volunteer Management Team.