Report a problem with a right of way

Report a problem with a Public Right of Way in West Sussex.

  • This form will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
  • Please allow yourself enough time to complete this form in one session as there is not an option to save and come back to it later.
  • The questions marked with an asterisk (*) are mandatory and require an answer. You do not have to answer all of the other questions, but it would help us if you do.
  • Details of path numbers can be found on the iMap (opens in new window) by zooming into the area of interest.
  • To report problems with pavements and tarmac footpaths use our road and pavement reporting service (opens in new window)

Reports of problems to rights of way have the following timescales:

  • Health and safety: for example, there is an immediate danger to the public - Inspected and addressed within 2 working days, which may involve a temporary closure while works are organised to make the route safe.
  • High priority: for example, obstructions or surfacing problems where no alternative route is available - Investigated within 10 working days and works arranged if considered too serious to wait for the scheduled 15 month maintenance programme.
  • Medium priority: for example, obstructions or surfacing problems where there is an alternative route available, broken or missing signs - Inspected as part of the routine 15 month inspection cycle and works completed as part of the routine maintenance or volunteer programmes. If the problem cannot be addressed as part of the routine maintenance programme, for example, larger sections of surfacing, it will be prioritised against other issues in the county and considered for inclusion in our Capital Works Programme.
  • Low priority: for example, minor obstructions where there is an alternative route available, misleading signage, minor issues with stiles etc. - Inspected as part of the routine 15 month inspection cycle and only addressed if resources permit.
  • Not a maintenance priority: for example, improvements to the network or addressing of unavailable paths will be progressed if an opportunity arises and resources permit.
  • Top tips when making your report:

    - Consider if the issue is on the path or to the side of the path, possibly encroaching.

    - Be as accurate as you can regarding location and extent of the issue.

    - Identify what is causing the issue, for example type of vegetation.

    - Provide a photo, if possible, to illustrate the issue.

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Enter the address name or number. This could a flat, house or building name or number.
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