Register of Deposits under section 31 (6) Highways Act 1980

Landowners can make a written declaration to us to state that they recognise all existing public paths on their land but do not want any new public paths to be created. This protects them from paths being claimed across their land.

There are currently approximately 31 separate areas of land around the city that are subject to Section 31 (6) deposits but 24 of them are now time expired and only 7 are still active. Prior to 1 October 2013 deposits were valid for 10 years but this has now been increased to 20 years. The Council may now charge a fee for the receipt and registering new deposits.

Please contact us for further details.

Register of Definitive Map Modification Order Applications pursuant to Section 53B of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981

  • applications made and not yet determined under Schedule 14 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981: 0
  • applications made and not yet determined under Section 31 of the Highways Act 1980: 9
  • estimated number of other paths which require investigating (for which there is no current timescale or staff resources available): 480

We will give priority to determining the status of any path whose use by the public has been stopped, if sufficient evidence of use can be supplied by the public via claim forms.

To view the current position regarding public rights of way review work, including claimed paths, see our Definitive Map Review Work and Registers document. 

Public Rights Of Way

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