Public rights of way
Public path orders
For a list of current orders, please see the Public Path Orders List.
A Public Path Order is a legal order that is required when a council wants to make permanent changes to the rights of way network - e.g. diversions or closures.
A consultation is undertaken with the general public and statutory bodies.
Any objections or representations to the proposal have to be made in writing within 28 days. If objections are not withdrawn and Swindon Borough Council decides to proceed with the matter, the order and objections are submitted to the Secretary of State and may be determined by a local enquiry or written representations.
Notification of making the order
A Public Notice is placed on-site and advertised in a local newspaper (the Swindon Advertiser), with full details available on this website.
Notification of confirming the order
The Order is sealed and a second set of Public Notices and information issued as before including the date when the Order will come into operation.
Any work required in providing an alternative path will be completed before the order is confirmed.