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Rights of Way Improvement plan (ROWIP)

The London Borough of Merton’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) is a statutory document required under Sections 60 and 61 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CROW Act 2000).

This plan was approved by Merton Cabinet on the 23 June 2008. (The document is undergoing updating and will be available shortly)

"Rights of way" in relation to a local highway authority, are footpaths, cycle tracks, bridleways and restricted byways within the authority's area that are generally off the highway.

As part of the plan development the highway authority was required to assess:

  • The extent to which local rights of way meet the present and likely future needs of the public;
  • The opportunities provided by local rights of way (and in particular by footpaths, cycle tracks, bridleways and restricted byways) for exercise and other forms of open-air recreation and the enjoyment of their area;
  • The accessibility of local rights of way to blind or partially sighted persons and others with mobility problems;

See also

Public rights of way

Contact us

If you have any comments or would like to discuss Merton's Rights of Way Improvement Plan contact

Traffic and Highways
London Borough of Merton
13th floor, Merton Civic Centre
London Road


For all enquiries please visit our Street Scene Enquiry page

This page was last updated on Thursday 22 January 2015

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