The town and community councils told us
14 town and community councils responded. Of these three said they were always involved in the maintenance of existing routes and also with the production of leaflets and guides to promote their rights of way locally. Six said they were sometimes involved at this level.
General maintenance of the network and way marking were clearly the two key things that councils felt needed to be a top priority. Following this was resolving anomalies, working to create school routes, working on the definitive map, looking at routes that promoted health and access management.
One council had always worked to establish a walking group whilst six others said they were sometimes involved in doing so.
In terms of suitability of the network, it was clear that in the main walkers, dog walkers and horse riders would in the view of the town and community council's rate the network as good. People with mobility difficulties, families with pushchairs and those using horse drawn carriages would class it as poor.
Monitoring and reporting obstructions, helping to maintain some of the network and working to secure and support circular routes were things town and community councils were already doing. Offers were made around helping to improve signage and walk a route to give feedback were given by a couple. One council had set up a walking group (Walkers Are Welcome Montgomery) and were planning a walking festival and wanted to be more involved in promoting routes and carrying out low level maintenance. A few were keen for updates on specific routes including a cycle route through Maes Y Dre, progress on a modification order for Graig Lane in Berriew and the Montytrax.