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The parish of Dawlish is part of the Devon Parish Paths Partnership (P3 Scheme).

"The Parish Paths Partnerships Scheme is an initiative to ensure that the entire rights of way network is legally defined, properly maintained and well publicised.  It has the support of the National Association of Local Councils and is Devon County Council funded. The County Council was one of the first fifteen Highway Authorities to participate in this scheme, which encourages community involvement and enjoyment of public rights of way. Devon County Council is working in partnership with Parish/Town Councils, landowners and local voluntary groups. The main aim is to improve the condition of the local rights of way and keep them open and used properly." (Devon Parish Paths Partnership Scheme).

Dawlish Parish has a large number of footpaths and the Town Council is committed to keeping the network well maintained and accessible.  As part of the P3 Scheme an annual survey of the state of all the footpaths is undertaken, and funding allocated under the scheme for required maintenance and clearance. This work is generally carried out by the Town Council’s Outside Services team.  Major works such as the replacement of gates and stiles or surfacing works is directly undertaken or commissioned by the DCC Public Rights of Way team, and such problems or issues can be reported to DCC directly by members of the public or through Dawlish Town Council.