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TRAFFIC & SAFETY

Walking, riding, driving are all a part of our day-to-day lives. The Neighbourhood Plan will focus on ensuring our surrounding area is safe, maintained and suitable for the use of the public. Traffic and safety encompasses many multifaceted factors that will affect how we live, work and visit the area.

Check out some blog posts below telling you more of what we have within our Neighbourhood!

BLOG: OPEN SPACES AND

RIGHTS OF WAY

Written by Elizabeth Johnson-Sterling

Open spaces:

‘They are usually spaces people have chosen to use for recreation, whether formal or informal. It could be land where the public have a right to wander or and open space that has no legal protection but which people use. It could be a stretch of grass where children play, local people go blackberry picking or to enjoy a picnic.’

Rights of Way:

‘A right of way is a path that anyone has the legal right to use on foot, and sometimes using other forms of transport.

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  • Public footpaths are normally open only to walkers

  • Public bridleways are open to walkers, horse-riders and cyclists

  • Restricted byways are open to walkers, horse-riders, and drivers/riders of non-mechanically propelled vehicles (such as horse-drawn carriages and pedal cycles)

  • Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs) are open to all classes of traffic including motor vehicles, though they may not be maintained to the same standard as ordinary roads.’ 

Extracted from the Open Spaces Society

Living in the countryside, one often assumes that both residents and visitors are afforded ample space for recreation, but this is not always the case. An abundance of private land ownership often means that there are limited public open spaces. The council own part of Mawgan Porth beach, but not all of it, the rest is privately owned. The playing field is privately owned. That’s about the extent of open space used by members of the public with the permission of the landowners. What if those permissions were withdrawn?

We have a fair amount of rights of way in the parish, but not all used paths are legally recognised as accessible to the public. Those which are can also present accessibility problems such as surfaces and gates. We know that the road traffic, particularly during high season can present problems, wouldn’t it be great to have an even better and safer network of off-road options for all non-vehicular users to move around the local area?

In recent times more than ever we have come to appreciate how important it is for physical and mental health to be able to get outdoors and enjoy green space. These could be subjects you may wish to consider when feeding into the Neighbourhood Plan consultation. Make sure your voice is heard!