We are very fortunate in Forncett to have over 30 Public Footpaths forming a network which covers all areas of our village. Our new footpath warden, John Wilde, has been very busy walking all the paths, noting and reporting problems - and in many cases doing his best to replace missing marker posts and make paths as accessible as possible. To contact John to raise a query or make a comment, please click here.
The ultimate responsibilty for the Public Footpaths (Public Rights of Way - PROW) lies with Norfolk County Council Highways, but following severe financial cutbacks over recent years, it is increasingly the case that, if Parishes wish to keep their paths clear enough to be used by the general public, there will need to be close cooperation between the local residents, landowners and the Highways department to get the best from the limited resources available.
Other menu items in this section give access to a map showing the locations and numbers of our footpaths (necessary to report problems) and links to advice from Norfolk County Council and other sources giving information about the rules and regulations, and the rights and responsibilities of all concerned.
Please use and enjoy the paths - that's the best way to keep them open and usable. It's particularly useful if you get into the habit of taking secateurs with you to trim off long 'brambles' which quickly obstruct a path, especially in the autumn. Please keep dogs on leads and clear up after them, to keep the paths hazard free for all users.
The Parish Council is often asked about the maintenance of public footpaths. The Council has the power, if it chooses, to help maintain footpaths - but does not receive any funding assistance from Norfolk County Council to do this. In some parishes volunteers undertake the clearance of some paths under the guidance of the Parish Council and Forncett Parish Council is keen to encourage this option.
Maintenance of footpaths across agricultural land is the responsibilty of the landowner, with certain rules about width of paths and reinstatement, as detailed in the guidance listed in the documents referred to above. Reports of problems can be made via the NCC web-site.