By law, we have the powers to temporarily close public rights of way. We can only do this if it is necessary for works to be carried out, and a suitable alternative route must be provided for the public to use. Pedestrian access to properties must not be obstructed.
- under section 14(1) of the road traffic act, public rights of way can be closed for up to six months (requests must be submitted at least six weeks before the closure is required)
- section 14(2)a of the road traffic act allows for short-term closures for up to five consecutive days, including weekends (requests must be made two weeks in advance of when the closure is required)
- under section 14(2)b of the road traffic act public rights of way can be closed in an emergency for up to 21 days; the path must be inaccessible or dangerous to the public for the council to use an emergency closure and closure will be effective from the next working day
Costs for temporary closures can be found in the application form.
Requests for temporary closures must be made in writing, enclosing a plan showing the route to be closed and alternative routes. Please contact us for more information or to apply for a temporary closure.
You can read more on our Temporary Closure Guidance Notes page.