THE views of residents on a plan to improve rights of way throughout Conwy county are being sought by the council.

The authority’s rights of way improvement plan, which covers more than 16,000km of outdoor routes, is currently being reviewed. The new plan will cover 2019 to 2029 and includes footpaths, bridleways, cycle tracks, byways and open spaces.

Cllr Donald Milne, cabinet member for environment, said: “In the last 10 years, we’ve seen a change in the way people look at exercise and outdoor leisure as key elements to improving health.

“The recently introduced active travel routes are adding greater opportunities to the existing cycle paths and coastal walking routes. The increased availability of rights of way and their access for all can only be seen as a benefit to health and leisure in our community.”

The new plan focusses on making sure the network of public rights of way is open and available for use; providing a more connected, safe and accessible network suitable for all users; promoting and improving the use of the network; encouraging more community involvement in managing local rights of way; and providing an up to date map of routes.

Copies of the plan are available on the council’s website and paper copies from the council’s offices in Mochdre. Residents can comment on the plan via post, email or the council’s website before Monday June 17.