Public Rights of Way - Privacy Notice

What personal information is being processed and what for

The Public Rights of Way team process personal information, such as your name, address, email address and telephone number, to answer your enquiry and address issues raised.  The team also uses landowner details to enable contractors to maintain Public Rights of Way in support of our duty to manage the Public Rights of Way network.

Why we are allowed to use your information

The Council is the Highway Authority, Surveying Authority, Traffic Authority and Access Authority for Cheshire East.  We have legal duties and powers to manage the Public Rights of Way across the borough under various pieces of legislation, including but not limited to:

  • Highways Act 1980
  • National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949
  • Transport Act 1968
  • Countryside Act 1968
  • Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976
  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
  • Cycle Tracks Act 1984
  • Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
  • Road Traffic Act 1988
  • Town and Country Planning Act 1990
  • Rights of Way Act 1990
  • New Roads and Street Works Act 1991
  • Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
  • Transport and Works Act 1992
  • Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000
  • Local Government Act 2000
  • Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006
  • Localism Act 2011
  • Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013
  • Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
  • Deregulation Act 2015.

The UK GDPR requires us to have a lawful basis to process personal data.  The activities of the Public Rights of Way team are covered by Article 6(1)(c) and 6(1)(e) of the UK GDPR – legal obligation and public task.

Who we will share your information with

Your personal information will be shared with Officers of the Public Rights of Way team and, if required, other Officers of the Council, Cheshire East Highways (which manages the highway network on behalf of the Council) and the Council’s wholly-owned companies, such as ANSA Environmental Services Ltd. (which manages street cleansing and grounds maintenance on behalf of the Council).

Your personal information may also be shared with other relevant third parties, details of which are available in the specific Privacy Notices included in our various application forms.  Landowners’ personal information will be shared with contractors tasked to do work on their land so that access arrangements can be made.

Where we get your information from

Personal information is given through communications between you and the Public Rights of Way team.  In addition, information on landowners and occupiers is obtained from office records, other Officers of the Council, Land Registry and the Rural Payments Agency.

How long we will keep your personal information

Your information may be stored in the Public Rights of Way office and then in archive for 50 years. Information shared with contractors will be securely destroyed by the contractor once the work task it was needed for has been completed.

How your information is stored

The information is held with restricted access in electronic format on the Council’s IT servers and in paper format in the office of the Public Rights of Way team and archives.

What happens if you don’t provide us with your information

If you do not provide us with your information then we may not be able to respond to your enquiry or to address the issue that you wish to raise.

Will your information be used to make automated decisions


Will this information be transferred abroad


Your rights

You have a number of rights regarding your personal data.  You can ask for a copy of the information we hold about you and ask us to correct anything that is wrong.  For detailed information about your rights please see the Cheshire East Council Privacy Notice.

Page last reviewed: 23 November 2023