Protecting Public Rights of Way

Protecting Public Rights of Way

open spaces societyThe role of Local Councils

In this course with the Open Spaces Society we will look at Rights of Way and local councils’ role.

Event Event date Event Ends Location Notes Registered Available places Register
Protecting Public Rights of Way Tue 25 Jan 2022 10:00 Tue 25 Jan 2022 13:00 WALC Zoom Room £25 to Members 21 0

Event full.

9.30 am - 1pm

The session will cover

An introduction to public rights of way

What are public rights of way: a brief history, including relevant legislation; who has responsibility for public rights of way; and why public rights of way are important.

The role and powers of local councils

Why local councils have an important role in protecting rights of way; practical steps local councils can take; using the law to get results; and having your say on changes to the network.

Claiming rights of way and forthcoming changes to the legal process

The cut-off date for historic paths; the process for claiming unrecorded rights; and a brief summary of legislative changes introduced by the Deregulation Act 2015.


1.5 CPD Points

Record of attendance at training events is required when applying for the Local Council Awards Scheme


£30.00 per delegate for Member Councils

Non-member fee £60.00

Help with Delegate’s Fees

WALC will subsidise member councils

Help with Delegate’s Fees WALC will subsidise member councils

  • Members with a budgeted income up to £15,000 will get half price for all delegates
  • Members with a budgeted income between £15,001 & £30,000 can send two for the price of one
  • Members with a budgeted income between £30,001 & £50,000 can send three for the price of two
  • Members with a budgeted income over £50,000 can send five for the price of four

Unfortunately the website cannot currently handle the free places, so if you qualify please put a note in the comments box and we will amend the invoice and resend it to you.



Any delegate cancellations

must be received in writing 5 days before the event for a full refund of the fee. Substitute delegate(s) may be named at any time up to the event.

Terms and Conditions of Registration

Please read

Full terms and conditions of registration

To attend this session

you will need

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A suitable device for attending the session with a speaker, camera and microphone; laptops and tablets are ideal.

Helen Clayton

Rights of Way Case Officer
Open Spaces Society

Rights-of-way case officer Helen Clayton is an acknowledged expert, from a local authority background, in public rights of way and access legislation, the use of case law and the application of relevant working practices. She has worked with a wide range of organisations and volunteer groups, is a member of the Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management, and has represented the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) Rights of Way Managers Group at a regional and national level. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for public rights of way and communicating its complexity into plain language.

Warwickshire & West Midlands Association of Local Councils