Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust
 PG: OBJECTS: EDUCATION: Definitive Statement
The term 'Definitive Statement' was introduced by the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949 [1]. This Act required surveying authorities (county and unitary councils) to compile maps and statements for their areas in which public paths (footpaths and bridleways) and roads used as public paths were recorded. The plan was to stop the loss of such paths.

The definitive map shows the route and status of the paths, and is conclusive proof that on the relevant date associated with the map there were the rights shown (without prejudice as to the existence of rights not shown). [2]

Where a path is shown on the definitive map, then the definitive statement provides information about its width and position and any limitations on the route's use by the public.

We have included the definitive statement on our path description pages so that the reader can find out easily what his rights are on any route.

A restricted byway in Bushey Bushey 36 is a Restricted Byway
Photograph courtesy Chris Beney (2006)

[1] National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.
[2] Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

While every endeavour has been made to give accurate information, the law is complex, subject to different interpretations and subject to change. The contents of this website are offered to help registered supporters and general readers, but do not constitute formal legal advice.
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