We promote temporary closures on Public Rights of Way on a frequent basis to allow works to be carried out on or near the path. To view a list of current, future and recently expired temporary path closures visit the path closure register.
Closures take 3 forms:
Paths are closed as a last resort. However when we and the company or the persons carrying out the work in the vicinity do not wish to put the public at risk, it is sometimes necessary to close the path.
- by notice - the path will be closed for no more than 5 days to allow the statutory undertakers (gas, water and electricity) to carry out works to their services.
- emergency - the path will be closed for up to 3 weeks - we can promote a maximum of 2 consecutive emergency orders
- by order - the path will be closed for a maximum of 6 months - extensions beyond this period have to be approved by the Secretary of State
We make every effort to ensure that there is an alternative route available. Sometimes this may be slightly longer than the original.
You cannot object to a temporary closure. However we are very happy to discuss the closure with you. We do aim to minimise the impact on the public and keep the length of the closure to an absolute minimum.
The applicant is required to put the path back in a usable condition and of a similar construction to what it was prior to the works. Please let us know if you find a path in a poor condition following works and we will contact the applicant straight away.
Making an application
If you wish to make an application please complete the Application for Temporary Closure of Public Right of Way form, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a form.
Rates will vary according to the duration and type of Order. We will charge the following rates per closure:
- full order: £640 + variable advertising costs
- extension: £560
- 5-day Notice: £270
- emergency (3 weeks): £270
- a small administrative charge will be applied to all applications
We are not able to provide you with an estimate of the advertising rates as this is variable and not controlled by us.
Reinstatement on completion of the works
Applicants are reminded that the path should be reinstated to the same construction as it was prior to the works.
If the path had a tarmac surface then a similar surface is required. If it had a cobbled (setted) surface then this should be replaced.
Inspections will be carried out.