Tag Archives: Growth and Infrastructure Bill

Leading us up the garden path

Yet again we find that this government has acted on prejudice not evidence. When the Growth and Infrastructure Bill was going through parliament, ministers claimed that the number of applications for village greens was increasing and that people were abusing the … Continue reading

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The Kinder legacy

New Mills was a good choice for the first Spirit of Kinder Day, to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the Kinder Scout mass trespass on 24 April 1932.  The town is close to the north-west edge of the Peak District … Continue reading

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A spiteful act

The guillotine has dropped.  Today the government’s spiteful Growth and Infrastructure Act came into force, sweeping away the opportunity to register land as a village green in England when that land is earmarked for development. Not only does the act change the law which … Continue reading

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A glaring mistake

Buried within the new GOV.UK website is the Defra policy, ‘Protecting and improving people’s enjoyment of the countryside’.  This contains actions on public paths, coastal access, common land, town and village greens, protecting and enhancing English landscapes and funding the Canal and … Continue reading

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Six short years

The Easter weekend of 2007 was sunlit and full of promise. On Good Friday, 6 April, the new law for new greens in the Commons Act 2006 took effect.  The Open Spaces Society celebrated ‘the doors opening’ for village greens … Continue reading

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Green spaces threatened? It’s already too late

This is my opinion article which was published in the Western Daily Press on 22 March 2013. Our right to enjoy green spaces and the right to light are both currently threatened, according to Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the … Continue reading

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Growth Bill: can it get worse? Yes it can

As if the Growth and Infrastructure Bill’s attack on village greens wasn’t bad enough, the government now, at the eleventh hour, intends to make it even worse. The bill has completed its passage through the House of Commons, and through committee … Continue reading

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