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Public Footpaths

Volume 508: debated on Tuesday 23 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding his Department has given to local authorities for parish path initiatives and partnerships to date. (323442)

I have been asked to reply.

The Parish Paths Partnership was launched by the Countryside Commission in 1992 and ran until 1998 as a demonstration project. Some local authorities continue to run and fund the scheme, which is aimed at improving and maintaining local public rights of way. There is no centrally held information as to which authorities continue to operate the Parish Paths Partnership scheme, and how much funding is allocated to the scheme by those authorities.