ROWIPRights of Way Improvement Plan (UK)
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The Rowip is available on the council's website, at all libraries in the county or from the Rights of Way officer on 01495 235092/235195.
Instead of implementing the ROWIP, the Labour council has continued the Lib-Dem policy of alley-gating Public Rights of Way, thus discouraging people from walking and encouraging them to drive short distances they previously walked.
The council has now signed up to "ROWIP 2" 2018-28, which was adopted by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on 20/1/2018.
The 2007 CCW report also points out that the Welsh health bill for physical inactivity is reckoned to be pounds 500m a year - this could be halved over 20 years by increased use of outdoor facilities - representing a reduction of some pounds 20m to pounds 25m annually: substantially more than the cost of full implementation of Rowip.
This year, Liverpool City Council signed up for the new Metro Region ROWIP, which they mentioned in the Draft Liverpool Plan, 2016 (Page 247).
If Liverpool City Council is serious about finding "naturebased solutions to improving the environment, such as better pedestrian and cycle paths" it could start by actually implementing the ROWIP it has signed up to (again).
A ROWIP for Merseyside was published in 2008 by Merseytravel and covers the period up to 2018.
However, following the controversy surrounding Liverpool city council's closure of a number of local paths, all reference to the ROWIP has been deleted from the latest "Pre-submission" draft of the Plan (January, 2018).
Liverpool has the lowest percentage of public paths on Merseyside, accounting for just 5.8% of the total (Knowsley has 11.4%, Sefton 18.8%, St Helens 41.3% and Wirral 22.7% - source Merseyside ROWIP).
If Liverpool city council is not serious about encouraging walking to school, as the above statement implies, then it should delete all references to it from the Local Plan and withdraw its name from the Merseyside ROWIP.
Wirral, unlike Liverpool, appears to abide by its commitment to the ROWIP.
I noted the commitment to the ROWIP was repeated in the draft Liverpool Local Plan 2016 (para 12.12, page 247) and, when I attended a Local Plan Drop-In Session in Walton, on October 20, Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, Deputy Lord Mayor and cabinet member for regeneration, transport and climate change, assured me that this was not merely a commitment on paper and that Liverpool City Council would implement it.