Don’t forget to have your say on countryside sites

Please if you would like to share my image of our iconic Seven sisters taken this week.'Was a lovely walk and its such a stunning classic location.''Thank you ''Adam Barnes Photography SUS-141109-085545001

Please if you would like to share my image of our iconic Seven sisters taken this week.'Was a lovely walk and its such a stunning classic location.''Thank you ''Adam Barnes Photography SUS-141109-085545001

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Have your say

Members of the public are being encouraged to have their say on potential changes to rights of way and countryside sites at local beauty spots.

A survey of how and why people use them began last year and continues until February.

East Sussex County Council is running the survey and says it will help the authority plan for the future.

Residents and visitors to the county’s 10 countryside sites and 2,000 miles of rights of ways will be asked about their use of the sites, footpaths, bridleways and byways.

Results from the survey will be an important part of all the information gathered and will be used to draw up plans for how sites and services will be managed in the future.

“As with all services provided by the county council, we are constantly reviewing how they are managed,” said Carl Maynard, the lead member for transport and environment at the county council.

“To enable us to make best use of our resources, we are asking people to tell us how and why they use rights of way and sites such as Seven Sisters Country Park, Ditchling Common and the Cuckoo Trail.”

As well as inviting the public to comment, the county council will be inviting special interest groups and landowners to meetings to discuss their views in the new year.

Feedback from these meetings and the survey will be used to develop an understanding of the long term needs of residents of East Sussex.

The proposals will be subject to public consultation in the summer this year.

The council will also hold stakeholder engagement meetings in February.

A final plan on how these sites are managed in the future will be agreed in December 2015.

More information and a link to complete the online survey can be found at www.east
sussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay and www.eastsussex.gov.uk/
shapingthefuture

A paper copy of the survey is available from all local libraries and tourist information centres.

The survey takes between five and 10 minutes to complete.

Alternatively call the Highways Contact Centre on 0345 60 80 193 or email scs@eastsussex.gov.uk to have one posted.

Countryside sites are open spaces that are managed for public use and wildlife conservation.

Examples locally include Seven Sisters Country Park, Shinewater Park and the Cuckoo Trail.

Others being consulted on are Chailey Common Local Nature Reserve, Ditchling Common Country Park, Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve, Riverside Park, Forest Way Country Park, Camber Sand Dunes/Johnson’s Field and Weir Wood Local Nature Reserve.

Rights of way include footpaths, bridleways and byways and can generally be found in the countryside.

The council manages these, often alongside landowners, to make sure they remain safe for people to use.