HENLEY Town Council has refused to comply with plans to categorise local paths according to their use.
Oxfordshire County Council asked councils to take part in a trial scheme focusing on “key routes”.
The town council declined on the advice of the Henley-based Open Spaces Society which said the scheme could lead to less-well used paths not being maintained so that they became obstructed and overgrown.
Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the society, said: “We want the county council to stop discriminating between public paths when it has a duty to take care of them all.
“All paths are valued by someone — that is why they are there. If you categorise them, users of the lower- priority paths will be justifiably aggrieved when they find that paths they enjoy are less well-maintained than others.