Public Rights of Way length information

Rebekah Wryatt made this Freedom of Information request to Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

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Dear Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council,

Please can you provide me the latest ( providing me with the date used) total mileage of public rights of way (PROW) in your authority area. Can you also provide a breakdown of the PROW network by status of PROW ie Public Footpaths, Public Bridleways, Restricted Byways and Byways Open to All Traffic.

What is the present relevant date of your Definitive Map

Is your prow information available for online viewing on your web site?
If no, is there future intention to do so?

Is your prow information available to be downloaded?

Can you also provide the following

total area of your authority in Km2
total length of paths forming part of a national, regional or local path promoted or managed by the Authority
total length of Adopted / Maintained Public Roads
total length of maintained public roads that do not have a sealed (tarmac or concrete) surface

Yours faithfully,

Rebekah Wryatt

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received today, 3rd December 2018.

We are generally required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to provide you with a response promptly, and within no more than 20 working days of receipt of a request, which will be on or before 3rd January 2019 (this date takes into account Christmas/New Year Bank Holidays).
   
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Jon Griffiths, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

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Many thanks for your FOI request regarding information concerning the
rights of way network in Neath Port Talbot CBC.

 

As of the 20^th December 2018 we have the following lengths of rights of
way

 

Total  PROW                       777.298 km        /               483
miles

Footpath                             591.516 km         /             
367.55 miles

Bridleway                            147.119 km         /             
91.41 miles

BOAT                                     38.663 km           
/              24.02 miles

Restricted Byway             0 km                      /              0
mikes

 

The relevant date of our Definitive map and Statement is 1^st January 1971

 

Unfortunately we don’t have an accurate depiction of our rights of way on
our website yet but are working towards being able t

At the moment this data is not available for download

 

The area of NPTCBC is 442 km²

 

There is approx.  855.3 km of roads within NPTCBC. Not including motorways

 

I’m afraid I don’t have any figures for non metalled roads

 

If you have any queries regarding the above please do not hesitate to
contact me

 

Many thanks

 

 

Jon Griffiths
 
Rights of Way Officer  / Swyddog Hawliau Tramwy

 
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council/ Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Castell-nedd Port Talbot Tel/ Ffôn: 01639 686199
 

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Dear Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Public Rights of Way length information'.

I am satisfied most of my request has been responded to satisfactorily, but there is no length for the rights of way that are promoted by the Council as specific routes. If the council does not hold this information can it confirm and I would be willing to accept an estimate if it does not.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

Rebekah Wryatt

FOI Team, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Dear Madam,

Thank you for your email which I confirm has been forwarded to the Head of Legal Services and who will contact you directly

 
Yours faithfully
FOI Team
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Linda White
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Rhif Ffôn / Tel No. 01639 763932

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Craig Griffiths, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

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Dear Ms Wryatt

 

Re: Request for Internal Review in relation to FOI Request of the 21^st
December 2018  - Public Rights of Way length information

 

In accordance with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council’s (“the
Council”) Freedom of Information Appeal process I am designated by the
Council to consider any requests for internal reviews of any decisions
taken by officers of the Council to refuse to release information which
has been requested by members of the public under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  The appeal or request for a review was sent to me
via email on the 21^st December 2018, having been received by the Council
via email on the same date.

 

In light of the above process, I have now had the opportunity to consider
your application for an internal review of the decision made by the
Council and also took the opportunity to speak to the appropriate officers
who prepared the initial response.

 

The purpose of this note is to inform you of the decision which I have
made in respect to your appeal and to indicate to you how I have come to
that decision. In doing so I, will throughout this letter, refer to
background facts and also include the contents of specific pieces of
correspondence passing between yourselves and the Council. This is done
for the purpose of providing both reference and context to my comments in
this decision.  It will also assist any third party public bodies to whom
you may wish to disclose this letter when considering my response.

 

As I understand it, your initial request for disclosure was made on the
2^nd December 2019 whereupon you requested the following information
(numbered for the purposes of this review):

“(1) Please can you provide me the latest ( providing me with the date
used) total mileage of public rights of way (PROW) in your authority area.
Can you also provide a breakdown of the PROW network by status of PROW ie
Public Footpaths, Public Bridleways, Restricted Byways and Byways Open to
All Traffic.

(2) What is the present relevant date of your Definitive Map

(3) Is your prow information available for online viewing on your web
site?
If no, is there future intention to do so?

(4) Is your prow information available to be downloaded?

(5)Can you also provide the following

total area of your authority in Km2
total length of paths forming part of a national, regional or local path
promoted or managed by the Authority
total length of Adopted / Maintained Public Roads
total length of maintained public roads that do not have a sealed (tarmac
or concrete) surface”

It has been confirmed to me that a response to your request was made on
the 20^th December 2018. A copy of that response has been provided to me
in the course of me carrying out the review process and it is the content
of that response which has led to your request for a review. Set out below
is the substantive content of that response (again numbered for the
purposes of this review):

Many thanks for your FOI request regarding information concerning the
rights of way network in Neath Port Talbot CBC.

(1)    As of the 20th December 2018 we have the following lengths of
rights of  way:

Total  PROW                       777.298 km        /           483 miles

Footpath                             591.516 km         /           367.55
miles

Bridleway                            147.119 km        /          91.41
miles

BOAT                                 38.663 km           /          24.02
miles

Restricted Byway               0 km                   /          0km
mikes

(2)    The relevant date of our Definitive map and Statement is 1st
January 1971

 

(3)    Unfortunately we don’t have an accurate depiction of our rights of
way on
our website yet but are working towards being able to do this

 

(4)    At the moment this data is not available for download

 

(5)    The area of NPTCBC is 442 km²

There is approx.  855.3 km of roads within NPTCBC. Not including motorways

                I’m afraid I don’t have any figures for non metalled roads

If you have any queries regarding the above please do not hesitate to
contact me”

On the 21^st December 2018, upon being dissatisfied with this information
you requested an internal review of the Council’s decision, stating that
you were satisfied most of your request has been responded to
satisfactorily, but there is no length for the rights of way that are
promoted by the Council as specific routes. If the council does not hold
this information can it confirm and I would be willing to accept an
estimate if it does not.

 

Having considered the above, I would now respond accordingly on these
points for your consideration.

 

Request for information

 

Upon fully considering the matter with officers of the Council, it has
become apparent that the Council’s systems are not set-up to report on the
information that you require and therefore there is no method of us
gathering this information as to the length of rights of way promoted by
the Council as specific routes

 

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not require us to provide an
estimate of the rights of way promoted by the Council as specific routes
if the Council does not hold this information. The Council has no estimate
recorded in any forum and therefore is not in a position at this stage to
be able to provide the same.

 

It is difficult for the Council to provide an estimate due to the fact, as
indicated in the initialled response that the Council do not hold figures
for non-metalled roads and therefore it is unable to provide an estimate
to which any potential reliance could be made.

 

Conclusion

 

For that reason it would be appropriate for me to turn down your request
for an appeal of the Council’s decision in respect of your Freedom of
Information appeal for the basis set out in this review.

 

There is a right of appeal against this decision to the Information
Commissioner.  Any appeal should be submitted to the Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Head of Legal Services

 

 

Pennaeth Gwasanaethau Cyfreithiol / Head of Legal Services

Gwasanaethau Cyfreithiol / Legal Services

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Castell Nedd Port Talbot / Neath Port Talbot
County Borough Council

Y Ganolfan Ddinesig / Civic Centre

Port Talbot

SA13 1PJ

 

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Dear Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council's handling of my FOI request 'Public Rights of Way length information'.

Thank you for your response to my review. Whilst I do not wish to take this matter onto the ICO, I am led to believe as part of the Rights of Way and Countryside Act 2000, all Welsh Authorities have had to undertake an assessment of their network as part of the preparation for a 10 year review of their rights of way improvement plan. I would expect a part of this assessment would be to consider the amount of network that is promoted to consider if it is sufficient or requires improvement. On that basis, can you confirm if the assessment is now complete? and if it is, did it consider the amount of network being promoted? If so, is the data I require set out in that document? If so I believe you are obliged to provide me with that figure.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

Rebekah Wryatt

Craig Griffiths, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

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Dear Ms Wryatt

 

I acknowledge receipt of your email of the 29^th December and for the
information you kindly provided us with.

 

I have now taken the opportunity to speak with my Environment Colleagues
to determine the position, who have indicated to me, that the Council is
presently in the process of undertaking  the said review that you referred
to, adopting the following timeline:

 

Neath Port Talbot RoWIP Review – Indicative Delivery Schedule

Evaluation of assessment and decision on whether to review RoWIP     
September, 2018

Consultation Draft Plan Written and reported to Cabinet
Board                  April, 2019

Start Consultation on Draft
Plan                                                                               
May, 2019

End Consultation on Draft
Plan                                                                                 
June, 2019

Final Plan reported to Cabinet
Board                                                                      
August, 2019

Publication                                                                                                                         
September, 2019

 

Officers have since confirmed to me that the data that is ultimately
required by yourself is not actually set out in the document at this time.
Consideration of your queries can of course be given in any review and I
will ask the appropriate officers to consider the same as part of any
consideration. Of course you will be free to participate in any
consultation on this matter as well and if you have any queries on the
said issues I can refer you on to the appropriate officer.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Head of Legal Services

 

Pennaeth Gwasanaethau Cyfreithiol / Head of Legal Services

Gwasanaethau Cyfreithiol / Legal Services

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Castell Nedd Port Talbot / Neath Port Talbot
County Borough Council

Y Ganolfan Ddinesig / Civic Centre

Port Talbot

SA13 1PJ

 

Rhif / Tel: 01639 763767

 

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