Report a problem with a Right of Way

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

1 Overview

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 that are obstructing a right of way
  • damaged or missing signs.

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

2 Our timescales

All reports received are logged and prioritised. We aim to inspect and address any problems reported to us within the timescales outlined below.

Health and safety 

If there is immediate/severe 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, where no alternative route is available, we will investigate within 10 working days and take appropriate action.

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 annual 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

When reporting a problem, please provide as much information as possible.

We do not monitor reports on weekends or bank holidays.

Report a problem with a Right of Way (external link)
Last updated:
25 January 2024
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