The NFU has worked with the CLA to propose an amendment to the Highways Act 1980 that will allow for temporary diversions of public rights of way where livestock are present. The aim of this proposal is to keep members of the public safe when using a public right of way. Such an amendment would allow for temporary diversions to be put in place easily and quickly where livestock are present. Such a process would provide the necessary flexibility to ensure that farmers can make best use of their available grazing and enhance the safety of public rights of way users. In order to be successful it would also need to provide adequate safeguards for the rights of way network, so provision has been made to ensure that the alternative route offered is suitable.
NFU and CLA propose temporary diversions of Public Rights of Way where livestock are present
by Jane Hampson | Oct 12, 2020