Public Rights of Way Network Officer

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| Starting Salary £23866 per annum | Permanent, Full Time, 37 hours per week I


The network of public rights of way in Lancashire consists of about 5500km of recorded footpaths, bridleways and byways which form part of the public access to rural and urban green-space as well as forming part of the sustainable travel network. It is important for physical and mental health, quality of life and sense of well-being.


Public rights of way officers investigate reported defects and obstructions on this network and arrange for remedial action to be taken. About half of the reported defects are purely maintenance issues and half are enforcement. Each officer is responsible for an average of over 1800 kms of public rights of way about which he can expect 1000 reports of problems each year.


What the Public Rights of Way Officer is required to do is to:


  • Prioritise the reports for their area (which may be conflicting and diverse requirements)

  • Assess the actual effect on the public, taking into account the geography, social context, policy and other relevant factors

  • If appropriate, design a solution taking into account legislation, good practice, health and safety, practicalities, available budget, potential access for contractors, wishes of local residents or landowners, etc.

  • Persuade landowners to remove obstructions, carry out repairs to infrastructure or facilitate access for our contractors

  • In the absence of agreement require landowners to carry out specified works in accordance with the legislation and policy

  • Arrange for contractors to carry out works

  • Take immediate direct action where appropriate, particularly to mitigate danger to the public or reduce LCC liability


We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed, hardworking person to work initially on the public path network in West Lancashire, Chorley and South Ribble. The skills which we need, and which this post will provide the opportunity to demonstrate and develop include: 


  • Communication; face-to-face, telephone and written

  • Initiative; assess, decide, implement, complete

  • Persuasion and negotiation

  • Application of policy and practice including legislation

  • Organisation and record-keeping


Whilst the work is very varied, typically the role involves taking the highest priority reports of defects; checking available information including speaking to the customer and/or the landowner; making a site visit to assess the issues and arranging for a resolution (which usually includes ordering work from a contractor, asking the landowner to do something or carrying out minor works at the time of the visit); updating the records.


You will be required to provide a car for use in connection with the duties of this post and must be insured for business use. However, we may consider you if you cannot drive because of a disability.


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