Want to help improve the footpaths that you walk on?
Oxfordshire County Council’s (OCC) Countryside Access Service (CAS) is responsible for maintaining our public rights of way (PRoW; footpaths, bridleways, byways), either directly or by engaging with a landowner. Either way, CAS needs a helping hand or, more precisely, your eyes.
CAS’s field officers need the public to report problems e.g. vegetation overgrowth, difficult stile, locked gate, collapsing footbridge, path blocked by fallen tree, path not made good after ploughing; they can then take appropriate action.
The best way of reporting a problem to CAS is to use the CAMS Web (Countryside Access Management System on the Web) reporting tool on the OCC website. This is easy to use.
Start here then click on ‘Report a rural path issue’ near the top of the screen. The first time you report a problem you will be asked to register and set up an account with a password. This account will be useful as you will be able to track the progress of any of your reports. Once you have located the relevant PRoW on the CAMs Web map you will see icons for signs, stiles, gates, kissing gates, steps and footbridges. Simply click on the relevant item and follow the instructions to write and submit your report. You can send photographs of the problem as part of your online report; these are extremely helpful to the field officer.
Your CAMS Web report will be given a reference number and an acknowledgement will be sent to you by email. This number can be used to track the progress of your report in your account.