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Producing the Map and Statement

The National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act of 1949 required local authorities to compile a Definitive Map and Statement of Public Rights of Way. At that time the current administrative area of Bridgend was included within the Glamorgan County Council administrative boundary.

In Glamorgan, the Parish and Town Councils each carried out a survey in the early 1950's of the public rights of way in their area, in which they recorded and described all of the paths they believed to be Public Rights of Way.  The original map and statement, drawn and written by the Parish and Town Councils is known as the Original Parish Survey.

From this information the County Council produced a Draft Definitive Map and Statement for Glamorgan, which was sent to all Parish Councils and advertisements were placed in the local press.  The advert enabled landowners and users to object if they felt that a path was incorrectly drawn; that the status e.g. footpath, bridleway or road used as public path, was incorrect; that a route shown was not a Public Right of Way; or that a path had not been shown.

The outcome of the consultation on the Draft Definitive Map and Statement resulted in amendments, which were re-drafted by Glamorgan County Council onto the Provisional Map and Statement.  This underwent another consultation process and, after incorporating these amendments, the first Definitive Maps of Public Rights of Way were drawn up.

The Countryside Act 1968 required all that roads used as public paths (RUPP's) be reclassified as footpaths, bridleways or byways open to all traffic. Glamorgan County Council commenced this process in the early 1970s and following local government reorganisation in 1974, Mid Glamorgan County Council completed it in the 1980s under a procedure called the Special Review.  Consequently, there are no RUPP's in Bridgend. The Special review Definitive Map and Statement were published in 1990.

At Local Government reorganisation in April 1996 Bridgend County Borough Council inherited the task of updating the Definitive Map and Statement. Due to the length of time that had elapsed between the commencement of the Special Review and the publication of the subsequent Special Review Definitive Map, many paths were now shown wrongly because they had been subject to legal events, i.e. diversions, extinguishments or creations.

The details of all creations, diversions and extinguishments that had been confirmed and satisfactorily complied with since 1971 formed the basis of 14 omnibus Definitive Map Modification Orders. These were then used to update the Special Review Definitive Map and Statement in terms of legal events that had occurred since the previous relevant date of 1st January 1971.

The new definitive Map and Statement, the first for Bridgend County Borough Council area was published on the 30th June 2005, with a relevant date of 30th December 2004.

The fact that a 'way' is not shown on the map and statement does not necessarily mean that rights have not accrued and it may be possible that such paths may be added through a Modification Order. A Public Right of Way can only be altered through a Public Path Order.


Last Updated: 24/04/2013
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