Shropshire Council

Shropshire’s Great Outdoors 2018-28

  • Period: 03 May 2018 - 31 July 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • Audiences: Everyone
  • Topics: Leisure and culture
  • Type: Public

What are we consulting on?

'Shropshire’s Great Outdoors 2018-28' sets out the strategic direction for the management and development of publicly accessible greenspace, rights of way and other access in the unitary authority area of Shropshire, aiming to inspire action to improve health, prosperity and happiness by cherishing Shropshire’s great outdoors. The strategy fulfils the statutory requirement of a rights of way improvement plan, but broadens this remit to deliver across multiple policy areas and integrate activity across local authority services and partner organisations.

This is a draft strategy, developed in partnership with a range of key organisations and users, and informed by data analysis and research.

Why are we consulting?

The public sector has seen significant change since the first Countryside Access Strategy (Rights of Way Improvement Plan) was produced in 2008, particularly the current economic climate and associated budget pressures, economic growth aspirations aiming to significantly increase the population and business base of Shropshire and the growing need for outdoor recreation for health and wellbeing. This is having an impact on the voluntary sector, and there's now even greater need to have a clear, evidence-based and prioritised plan to target limited resources while giving the greatest public benefit. A new approach is needed, delivering across multiple policy areas and integrating activity across local authority services and partner organisations.

We want to ensure that this strategy is going to meet the needs of those people who use our publicly owned outdoor assets and the wider population, and would welcome your views. Click on the 'How to get involved' tab on this page to comment using our short survey.


This consultation will be open for three months until 31 July 2018. Comments will then be analysed and changes made as necessary. The final draft strategy will be presented to Shropshire Council's cabinet in September, before being launched in the autumn.

Relevant documents

All relevant documents, including the draft strategy itself, are linked to this page.

For more information, please email or call 0345 678 9077.


Have your say on this draft strategy using our short survey. You may find it useful to have a copy of the strategy open to refer to as you complete the survey.

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If you prefer, you can send us comments by emailing, or print a hard copy PDF version of the survey (linked to this page under 'Related documents') and send it to us at the address stated in the PDF. 

Data protection

Information collected in our surveys will only be used by us (Shropshire Council) to inform the immediate and future provision of our services. The information you provide will be kept confidential in accordance with our Privacy Policy. It will not be shared outside of Shropshire Council. Information collected via our online surveys (hosted on the Surveymonkey website) will be stored on SurveyMonkey’s servers in the United States of America and SurveyMonkey gives an undertaking never to disclose the survey questions or your responses to others without permission.