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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
On Saturday 25 May, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will be host to US radio star, Peter Greenberg.
- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
- Historic garden is a breakfast TV star
- National Library base for US Radio Travel programme
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
- Amendments to the Motor Vehicle (Competitions and Trials) Regulations 1969 and the Motor Vehicles (Off Road Events) Regulations 1995
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
- The future of agricultural statistical data collection methods in Wales
- Consultation - Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006 (Amendment) Regulations 2013
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Rights of way
Types of Rights of Way
- Footpaths - right of way is on foot only;
- Bridleways - for pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists (who must give way to people on foot or horseback);
- Byways open to all traffic (BOATs) - right of way is on foot, on horseback and for vehicles, but they are mainly as footpaths and bridleways; and
- Restricted byways - can have rights for all traffic except motorised vehicles.
Responsibility for Rights of Way
The main responsibility for rights of way falls on local authorities. Some local authorities have given their powers over rights of way to National Park authorities and community councils. Local authorities have to protect and maintain rights of way including maintaining the surface and preventing obstructions.
Nearly all public rights of way are maintained at public expense. Maintenance includes keeping the surface in good repair and dealing with plants growing from it. Overhanging plants – such as from a hedge – are the responsibility of the landowner or occupier. Keeping paths clear of crops, that grow by or from the surface of a path, and drainage problems caused by farming activities are farmers’ responsibility.
Local authorities also have to consider those with mobility issues when making agreements with land owners on putting up stiles or other furniture on rights of way.
We have created legislation on the gating of certain highways. Section 2 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 enables us to make regulations to allow local authorities to place gates to blocks ways which facilitate crime and anti-social behaviour.
Guidance on the Highways Act 1980 on people with mobility problems and authorising stiles and gates
This guidance was given to Local Authorities in 2007. It explains the duty on Local Authorities to consider the needs of people with mobility problems when dealing with rights of way.
The guidance is available at the bottom of this page.
Orders to create, divert or extinguish paths
Local authorities can make Orders to create, move or close public paths. An order can be only made for one of the reasons mentioned in the law.
Local authorities must:
- publish notices of all orders in a local paper;
- display them by the path; and
- display the notices at principal council offices in the area.
People can write in to disagree or object to the order. If someone does object to the order and does not withdraw their objection then the Planning Inspectorate Wales will decide on whether the order should be confirmed. The Planning Inspectorate Wales may hold a public local inquiry or hearing.