The Countryside and Rights of Way Act, 2000
The following year the Crow Act 2000 (PART II) was passed which incorporated some of the measures recommended by the Countryside Commission. But these were to be taken forward by the newly formed Countryside Agency (1999). Among the measures introduced were:
- the reclassification of all remaining RUPPs — now to be recorded as Restricted Byways (ss. 47-49). This also addressed the retention of private vehicular rights over them (s. 50)
- the introduction of a ‘cut-off date’ on 1 January 2026, after which recording pre-1949 rights of way on the basis of historical evidence would no longer be possible (ss. 53-56).
- additional measures relating to the creation, stopping-up and diversion of rights of way (ss. 57-59)
- the introduction of Rights of Way Improvement Plans (ROWIPs), under which (within five years) local authorities were to prepare strategic plans for the improvement, enhancement and future funding of their networks (ss. 60-62).
- regulations relating to the removal of obstructions and erection of stiles, etc. (ss. 63-70)
- the ability of the Secretary of State to require local authorities to produce reports on their progress on rights of way matters and to produce guidance (s. 71).