Carol Ramsden has specialised in public rights of way law for over 30 years and joined Birketts in 2005 as Rights of Way Executive. She is now a Consultant, helping clients with the wide variety of problems created by the complex and archaic nature of much public rights of way legislation.
Her special focus is on securing changes to the existing public rights of way network. Recorded and claimed routes can severely affect the privacy and security of private dwellings, impact adversely on the needs of modern agriculture and constrain – or even defeat - development. Her clients range from private individuals to large country estates and farms, and from self-builders to national house builders. She has an enviable record of achieving changes by knowledgeable and effective consultation and negotiation – and avoiding public inquiries.
She also advises regularly on preventing the creation of new public rights of way and Town or Village Greens with effective signing and statutory deposits, and on managing both formal and informal public access with notices, agreements and licences.
Carol has a wealth of knowledge of public access legislation generally and how it has evolved to produce the current Definitive Maps and Statements relied upon by all parties to establish where the public can and can’t go. She advises clients on how best to deal with maintenance and enforcement issues raised by highway authorities and Parish Councils, and on how to react to claims that unrecorded public rights of way exist.
She is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Rights of Way and Countryside Access Management. Carol is based in our Ipswich office but has a national practice and travels widely. She currently has clients as far apart as Yorkshire, Cornwall and Wales. She also takes full advantage of video telephone calls to advise on public access issues where a visit is impractical but understanding the character of a route and the surrounding area is critical to her advice.