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Public Right of Way Steward

Location: Hereford
Company: Balfour Beatty
Contract type: Permanent
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Balfour Beatty has an exciting opportunity for a Public Right of Way Steward to join our Living Places business unit to work in Herefordshire.

Role purpose

The purpose of the role is to investigate and advise on the maintenance, legal protection and improvement of Rights of Way in line with the Councils statutory duties. You will be an excellent communicator, both verbal and written, and with your committed approach to service provision you will enjoy problem-solving and working with a wide range of partners and stake-holders, including landowners, members of the public, elected members and partner organisations which will enable you to deliver results that provide effective value for money and outstanding outcomes for the people of Herefordshire. Learning, understanding and applying the relevant legislation is an important feature of this role.

What you'll be doing

As a Public Right of Way Steward, your main responsibilities are as follows:

  • Responding to and investigating defects on the public right of way network;
  • Recognising, reporting and escalating any legal issues encountered in a professional manner to ensure Herefordshire Councils legal duties are protected;
  • Close liaison with internal departments, external stakeholders and landowners to resolve issues;
  • The tasking and co-ordination of volunteers where appropriate to do so;
  • Preparing a weekly newsletter to highlight your activities to key stakeholders;
  • Support and provide emergency cover for the wider Locality Steward team when required.
  • Required to work outside in all weathers and undertake minor practical work (Personal Protective Equipment and appropriate clothing will be provided);
  • Working in remote locations on your own around Herefordshire;
Who we're looking for

The following qualities and experience are essential:

  • Be confident, will enjoy working at many levels and with numerous partners/stakeholders;
  • Be able to represent the Service in an authoritative, diplomatic, helpful and confident manner, often in difficult situations;
  • Enjoy variety in your work and will learn quickly. The post can carry a high-volume workload which will be subject to seasonal demand;
  • Be able to display excellent organisation and communication skills, be able to prioritise and manage your time effectively;
  • Be able to identify practical solutions to issues working collaboratively with others;
  • Understand the relevant legislation or be prepared to learn and apply it;
  • Have excellent I.T. skills, preferably including the use of Geographical Information Systems;
  • Basic map-reading skills;
  • Full driving licence required.
Why work for us

Day in, day out, our teams deliver amazing projects in challenging conditions; developing, managing and maintaining the vital infrastructure and public spaces that modern economies, societies and communities rely on.

About us

The way we live our lives is changing fast: where and how we live, work, travel, shop, relax and socialise. The evolving nature of our society means we all need to shape our environment to meet a complex array of individual and collective needs.

Wherever investment in these environments is needed, Living Places works in partnership with Local Authorities to consult, finance, design, build and manage the essential place infrastructure that local communities and national economies need to prosper and grow.

We are right at the heart of a dynamic place shaping agenda that brings Local Authorities, local communities, Central Government, and the Private Sector together to create safe, sustainable, flexible and dynamic public spaces geared to community social need, economic growth and personal well-being as well as being environmentally sustainable.

The provision of maintenance services for highways is only a small part of what is really needed. Our focus has moved beyond the road to deliver the potential of the street: a dynamic public place that connects and combines local community and business needs, encourages social interaction and helps pedestrians, motorists, bus riders, and cyclists to coexist safely. Building great public spaces with resource efficient assets enables functional, flexible and inspirational places to be at the heart of the community.

We value diversity and celebrate individual differences, believing that our inclusive culture helps the business continue to grow as a strong, dynamic and innovative organisation.

Balfour Beatty is a corporate signatory to WISE (Women in Science & Engineering). Our aim is to attract more people from diverse backgrounds to help us build on our inclusive culture. We are a member of the Top Employers' Charter through which we demonstrate our commitment to enabling parents to progress and enhance their careers whilst managing the challenges of family life.

Balfour Beatty is also Gold Award holders in the Ministry of Defence 'Employer Recognition Scheme' and actively encourage applications from Armed Forces personnel, veterans and reservists.

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