Category Archives: parliament

Access to Mountains Act: a travesty of access

The Guardian recently ran an article about the second reading of the Access to Mountains Bill 1938, but things went downhill after that. Continue reading

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Agri-access betrayal: an update

A dismal revelation from environment secretary George Eustice about funding for farming. Continue reading

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Government reneges on access promises

Government seems to have broken its promises to fund public access under the new farm payment scheme. Continue reading

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Stepping-stones anniversary

On 11 September 1946, prime minister Clem Attlee reopened the stepping-stones over the River Mole. The Radical Ramblers celebrated the 75th anniversary. Continue reading

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Empty promises

The environment secretary’s big speech on 18 May has proved a disappointment. Continue reading

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One way to celebrate a birthday

Twenty years ago today I served notice on Rarebargain for illegally obstructing Framfield footpath 9 in East Sussex. Continue reading

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The saving of Swincombe

Fifty years ago today the Swincombe valley on Dartmoor was saved by ‘four just men’. Continue reading

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Twenty years of CROW

Today we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, which gave us the right to roam freely over commons and mapped access land. Continue reading

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All night in the Lords

Twenty years ago I sat up all night in the House of Lords as peers debated the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill. Continue reading

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Defra’s omissions

Last week George Eustice made a speech before the summer break about nature recovery, but he failed to mention public access and enjoyment which must go with such recovery. Continue reading

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