(i) Rights of Way Improvement (ROWIP) Update –
Gwyn Teague advised that funding for ROWIP during 2013/14 had been accepted at a rate of £30,391 with the conditions of funding for schemes to be set against the following criteria :
· that authorities deliver at least one improvement in 2013/14 aimed at better meeting the needs of the disabled, Communities First, ethnic minority or other groups
· that authorities aim each to deliver at least one network improvement that will also assist public understanding of, or conservation of, local biodiversity
· that each coastal local authority undertakes at least one improvement in the coastal zone which creates a circular community link to the Wales Coast Path.
The projects that were currently being undertaken had been agreed as follows:
· preparation of a new Definitive Map and analysis and reporting of CAMS data
· creation and improvement PROW links between communities and within Coastal Zone to the Wales Coast Path, including ecological surveys and biodiversity interpretation where necessary
· improvement of coastal links and negotiation towards coastal loop at Gileston
· review and support of annual clearance arrangements
· establish a focus group including Communities First and Health Agenda representatives to develop and deliver improvements for Low Use groups.
Attached as an appendix to the report was an action plan that had been taken from the original ROWIP document which listed actions and progress to date. The Chairman stated that the main purpose of the appendix was to identify progress that had been made in each and he suggested that further consideration of the document be undertaken by the Forum following completion of the review by the consultants. For ease of use Members also requested that each action be underlined in order to be easier on the eye.