Can my local authority incorporate a footpath (PROW) to a shared space scheme?

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salvador exposito

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

Are the County Council officers from my area allowed to approve shared space schemes which incorporate a public right of way (footpath) to the design of a new street (shared space)?

Currently, there is a PROW (footpath) dedicated for pedestrians that is separated from the main road.

This original footpath was designed to be a safe area for pedestrians that is separated from the main road used by vehicles. This new footpath eventually became a designated public right of way in its own right (11 January 1991) but in any case, this was already designed to be a pedestrian's safe passage for pedestrian only, not for cars.

Can our County Council officers integrate this PROW into the main road using a shared space scheme which gives equal share of the road to pedestrians and cars (which means that nobody has the right of way!!!)?

Yours faithfully,

Salvador Exposito

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