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Notes about Priority

Dorset County Council’s Rights of Way Team is trialling a new prioritisation scheme for rights of way problems. Reported Rights of Way problems are given a Priority 1 – 7, initially based on the information in the report. Prioritisation is based on a number of factors including but not confined to:

  • DCC statutory duties
  • Public safety
  • Popularity of route

Please note that:

  • A report may be re-prioritised after initial inspection or after additional information obtained about problem.
  • Priorities are guidelines only and a report may be given a higher or lower priority at the officer's discretion.
  • Target response time may be adjusted following the scheme trials and will vary according to officer availability and operational constraints.
  • Inspection is not always necessary and some issues may be resolved by telephone.
  • PRIORITY 1 - FIRST INSPECTION WITHIN 1 WORKING DAY
  • PRIORITY 2 - FIRST INSPECTION WITHIN 1 WEEK
  • PRIORITY 3 - FIRST INSPECTION WITHIN 2 WEEKS
  • PRIORITY 4 - FIRST INSPECTION WITHIN 8 WEEKS
  • PRIORITY 5 - FIRST INSPECTION WITHIN 6 MONTHS
  • PRIORITY 6 - FIRST INSPECTION WITHIN 12 MONTHS
  • PRIORITY 7 - FIRST INSPECTION WHEN RESOURCES PERMIT
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