Report a problem with a Right of Way

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

1 Overview

Please note: WSCC has suspended routine inspection and maintenance work and is only taking action on Public Rights of Way where reported issues require work to ensure public safety on the network. Any other enquires will be logged and prioritised to be addressed in the future when normal working practices are resumed.

Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines and keep at least two metres from people if you choose to use Public Rights of Way for your daily exercise. Please be aware others will have touched stiles and gates and you should wash your hands thoroughly when you get home.

Public Rights of Way include footpaths, bridle paths, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic.

You can report any problems with Public Rights of Way online. These include:

  • a bridge with missing deck planks
  • broken stiles
  • fallen trees
  • damaged or missing signs.

To report problems with pavements and tarmac footpaths use our road and pavement reporting service.

2 Our timescales

We aim to inspect and address any problems reported to us within the timescales outlined below.

Health and safety 

If there is an immediate danger to the public, we will inspect and address the issue within two working days. This may involve a temporary closure while works are organised to make the route safe.

High priority 

If there is an obstruction or surfacing problem, where no alternative route is available, we will investigate within 10 working days

Medium priority

If there is an obstruction or surfacing problem, where there is an alternative route available, or broken/missing signs, we will inspect as part of the routine 15 month inspection cycle.

Works will be 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, where larger sections of surfacing are an issue) it will be prioritised against other issues in the county and considered for inclusion in our improvement programme.

Low priority

In case of minor obstructions, where there is an alternative route available, misleading signage or minor issues with stiles, we will inspect as part of the routine 15 month inspection cycle and will only addressed if resources permit.

Not a maintenance priority

Improvements to the network or addressing of unavailable paths will be progressed if an opportunity arises and resources permit.

3 Problems not covered by us

There are various problems that will not be dealt with by the County Council and include:

4 Report a problem

The more detail you are able to provide the easier it will be for us to investigate.

  • Consider if the problem is on the path or to the side of the path, possibly encroaching onto the right of way.
  • Be as accurate as you can regarding location and extent of the issue.
  • Identify what is causing the problem - for example, the type of vegetation.
  • Provide a photo, where possible, to show the problem.
Report a problem with a Right of Way

Be aware that we do not monitor online reports at weekends or during bank holidays.

Last updated:
8 June 2020
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