Want to help improve the footpaths that you walk on?
Oxfordshire County Council’s (OCC) Countryside Access Team (CAT) is responsible for maintaining our public rights of way (PRoW; footpaths, bridleways, byways), either directly or by engaging with a landowner. Either way, CAT needs a helping hand or, more precisely, your eyes.
CAT’s field officers need the public to report problems e.g. overgrowth, difficult stile, locked gate, collapsing footbridge, path not made good after ploughing; they can then take appropriate action.
One way of reporting a problem to CAT is to use the CAMS Web (Countryside Access Management System on the Web) reporting tool on the OCC website. This is easy to use. You do not need to know the grid reference of the problem.
Start here then click on ‘Report a rural path issue’ near the top of the screen. 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 will help the field officer immensely if you take some photos of the problem. Send them by email: contact details are here (scroll down to see them).
If you reported the problem using CAMS Web then you will have received a Report number by email. Quote that when you send photos by email (you cannot submit photos online).
If a problem is urgent, like a fallen tree, or a dangerous stile or footbridge, you should report it immediately by email or phone to CAT. Contact details are here (low down on the page).
Less-serious problems can be reported by using the CAMsWeb service or by email. Either way start with the link immediately above.