The town council commissioned Stroud Community Land Trust to inspect each of Stroud’s 63 Public Rights of Way.
This is the third survey organised by the town council. The last one was carried out in 2008.
The recent report found most footpaths were in a reasonable condition but many of them were missing waymark signs, had dangerous stiles or had poor or missing signposting.
Two footpaths – at Wades’ Farm and Hazel Mill – are partially blocked by undergrowth and the stiles were in poor condition. A third footpath, at Archway hockey field, is completely blocked.
The report calls for work to be carried out on the paths in the Heavens area to make paths more accessible and to improve their condition.
The town council has discussed the report with the Footpath team at Gloucestershire County Council who have already started to carry out the work.
The county council team has already replaced or repaired 15 footpath signs and 27 way mark signs and repaired one stile.
“Footpaths are an important issue to residents in the town,” said town mayor Amanda Moriarty. “ In a recent residents’ survey carried out by the town council, footpaths were the third most important issue.
“The footpath audit was comprehensive and has highlighted a number of concerns which the county council footpath team have already begun to tackle.”
Andy Read, Stroud Community Land Trust project manager, who led the survey said the footpaths were in a better condition now than they had been in 2007.
“By carrying out regular surveys, the town council is able to ensure that Stroud’s footpaths are being kept up to scratch and that issues are spotted and sorted far sooner.”