Empowering Parish and Town Councils in Northamptonshire

This short course is intended for clerks, parish councillors and parish path wardens who want to learn more about the origins of the public rights of way network in Northamptonshire and their role as public custodians.

The course will look at how public paths came about and their importance in the Northamptonshire landscape. This will include an explanation of the legal basis of public rights of way and in particular, the role of parliamentary inclosure in the 18th and 19th centuries. We shall move on to see how the Definitive Map and Statement for Northamptonshire developed and their importance in establishing the legal status of public rights of way.

As well as addressing the often complex rules about maintenance, the course will explore how the Definitive Map can be modified to take account of changes. In particular, we shall look at the ill-fated, Discovering Lost Ways project and where this leaves us with the 2026 deadline approaching.

Finally, we shall look at some of the changes which are on the way in the forthcoming Deregulation Act.

Who Should Attend?

This course is suitable for Clerks, Parish Councillors and Parish Path Wardens (at the direction of the Parish Council)

Date and Time

Wednesday 15 April 2015

10.00am to 1.00pm


The Saxon Hall, Raunds

Course Tutor

The course will be led by Dr Steven Hollowell who as well as being a district councillor has also served his time as a parish councillor. He led the Definitive Map Team for Northamptonshire County Council for some years before becoming a private consultant, working on rights of way issues across several counties. He has also recently acted as expert witness for the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in a test case before the High Court.


£45 per delegate - Members

£90 per delegate - Non Members

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Last updated: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:10