I specialise in researching the history and status of alleged and claimed public footpaths and bridleways. I can advise on the most effective action to protect, record or change routes and to ensure that the Definitive Map is an accurate record. Whether you need someone to carry out archive research, analyse user evidence, compile an order application or comment on a case affecting your land, please contact me for an initial discussion.
- Experience: With a background of over 30 years in public rights of way and recreational access management, my knowledge and expertise will be relevant to local authorities, interest groups, and landowners. My experience covers urban and rural settings in Yorkshire, the Midlands and North West England, recording, developing and managing networks of footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic. This has included work in local authority, national park and voluntary sector organisations.
- Research: My particular interest is in Definitive Map work – including archive research, evaluation of historic and user evidence, preparation of statements of case and preparation of evidence for Hearings or Inquiries. I have experience of archive research at local, regional and online archives and in the National Archives at Kew.
- Consultation: I have detailed experience of research and consultation for Definitive Map and Public Path Orders, including liaison with all interests. I was instrumental in setting up and running the first joint Local Access Forum in West Yorkshire and have organised regular Rights of Way Surgeries and liaison forums.
- Policy: My experience of developing rights of way policy includes leading on the consultation and publication of Bradford Council’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan. This incorporated detailed policy statements for all sectors of Rights of Way Management in the District including, recording, protection and promotion of routes. I have also worked with local planning and highway authorities to incorporate meaningful rights of way policies in Local Development Plan and Local Transport Plan documents.
- Network development: I have worked with Sustrans, Parish Councils and Government agencies to develop and promote strategic routes for walkers and riders, including links to the Pennine Bridleway, circular walks and facilities to enhance accessibility for all users.
I have an MSc with Distinction in Countryside Management, and am a Full Member of the Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management, through which I maintain my Continuous Professional Development.