All applications must comply with the conditions set out below.
Hampshire County Council may offer guidance, however the applicant will be ultimately responsible for specifications, risk assessments, insurance and health and safety.
If applying as the Parish Council, you will be carrying out improvements under your own legal powers to maintain rights of way (Highways Act 1980) – these powers apply to footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways but do not apply to Byways Open to All Traffic.
For benches, powers to provide these on or at the side of public paths are given under the Parish Councils Act 1957.
Parish Councils must obtain permission from the landowner for any work to be completed.
If applying as the landowner, you are carrying out any practical works on your own land. It is advised that that landowner seeks support from the Parish Council for the work to be completed.
If work is to be completed by volunteers, the applicant must have adequate insurance to cover this, to include Employers Liability Insurance to provide cover for the volunteer and Public Liability Insurance to protect the volunteer against any third party claim. It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify the insurer that volunteers are being appointed and to ensure that the policy cover extends to volunteers.
If the work is to be completed by a contractor, the applicant must ensure the contractor has adequate public liability cover. The applicant must also take responsibility for contracting and supervising the work and ensuring that it is carried out to a suitable standard.