Maintenance on public rights of way will assist social distancing

Photo of a public right of way

Posted on: 14 May 2020

Devon County Council’s public rights of way and its walking and cycling trails have been proving as popular as ever throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and essential maintenance on routes is continuing.

Seasonal vegetation cutting will start next week (Monday 18 May) as Public Rights of Way Wardens ensure that Devon’s network of paths and trails are kept open and are as clear as possible to assist with social distancing.

Local contractors are also following social distancing guidelines while undertaking the work.

Photo of Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “Our public rights of way, and our walking and cycling trails are being extremely well used throughout this pandemic as people look to get their daily exercise, so it’s vital that our teams continue with necessary maintenance. The vegetation cutting will help provide as much space as possible on these routes to assist people with social distancing.

“Our wardens and contractors are working hard to keep our paths and trails safe and open, as well as helping landowners and farmers at this challenging time, and I would urge everyone to please be kind and courteous to them while they carry out this important work.”

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