Have your say on rights of way in East Sussex

The Ouse Valley looking towards Lewes.
The Ouse Valley looking towards Lewes.

A survey is seeking people’s views on rights of way and important countryside sites in East Sussex.

Residents and visitors are being asked to take part in an online survey by East Sussex County Council to find out why and how people use these routes and areas.

Amongst the ten countryside sites referred to in the survey are the Ouse Valley Nature Reserve, Seven Sisters Country Park and the Cuckoo Trail.

It also mentions Riverside Park, just off Lewes Road, in Newhaven, which is in line to receive funding to improve it from the county council.

The survey asks people about their use of the sites, footpaths, bridleways and byways.

It seeks to find out how long they use them for, how frequently, what could be done to encourage them to stay longer and why they use the countryside sites in their area.

The survey also asks what activities they take part in such as horse riding, cycling or walking.

Results from the survey, which runs until February 20, 2015, will be used to draw up plans for how sites and services will be managed in the future.

The county council’s lead member for transport and environment Carl Maynard said: “As with all services provided by the county council, we are constantly reviewing how they are managed.

“To enable us to make best use of our resources, we are asking people to tell us how and why they use rights of way and sites such as Seven Sisters Country Park, Ditchling Common and the Cuckoo Trail.”

The county council will invite special interest groups and landowners to meetings to discuss their views in the new year.

The proposals will be subject to public consultation in the summer, 2015.

A final plan on how these sites are managed in the future will be agreed in December 2015.

More information and a link to complete the online survey can be found at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay and www.eastsussex.gov.uk/shapingthefuture

A paper copy of the survey is available from local libraries or tourist information centres. Alternatively call 0345 60 80 193.