Public Rights of Way (PROW) are the responsibility of Herefordshire Council. The P3 scheme (Parish Paths Partnership) allows parishes, including town councils, to maintain the public rights of way within their community, maintaining footpath furniture as well as the footpaths themselves. The scheme enables parishes to identify areas where works are required and address these directly, either through local contractors, volunteers, or community groups, encouraging the community to work together. It is recognised that where Herefordshire Council work to a risk based approach, this may not allocate the same level of priority to a job that the local community would, therefore the community are able to undertake such work sooner than Herefordshire Council would be able to. Parishes do not have to participate in the scheme, but where they do, this allows the parish council an element of control of maintenance within the community and enables the parish to have the decision over which works they may choose to undertake and how they wish to maintain and improve their community in a way that may not otherwise be achieved by Herefordshire Council.
Leominster Town Council have been part of the P3 scheme since 2014, recognising the value of dealing with local issues quickly. An annual maintenance list enables our Environmental Team to carry out strimming and clearing activities to keep footpaths clear and carry out minor repairs. We also have a voluntary Parish Footpath Officer (PFO) who walks the PROW and keeps the team informed of any issues so that they can be dealt with through the P3 scheme or reported back to Herefordshire Council for action or enforcement. You can contact the PFO on firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Rights of Way are shown on the Definitive Map. The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW Act) brought in improvements to public access but it also introduced a cut-off date of January 2026 for any rights of way created before 1949 to be added to the definitive map (the legal record of public rights of way, this may be viewed here), so the public right to use them would be officially recognised. If these historic paths were not recorded, the legal right to use them would have been extinguished in 2026. This decision has now been reversed but there are still a number of errors or anomalies. The Town Council has made representation to the 2021-41 Local Plan Place Shaping Consultation that these need to be corrected. Other identified anomalies can be added to this list by filling in the contact form on this website. The local list may be viewed here.