Archive for July 2022

Our latest local correspondents’ conference

Fourteen of our local correspondents (about one third) gathered, with our chairman Phil Wadey and five members of staff, at Hillscourt conference centre, on the edge of the Lickey Hills near Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, for a two-day event.  It was an opportunity for us to update each other on the law and guidance, and to…

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Common land saved at Bracelet Bay beauty-spot, Swansea

We are pleased that Swansea City and County Council has withdrawn its application to deregister [1] common land at Tutts Head, Bracelet Bay, Mumbles.  This is a popular beauty-spot, and deregistration would have made the land vulnerable to development. The council had applied to itself to deregister the land on the basis that the land…

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Now is the time to give public access a leg up

‘The new agricultural-payment regimes in England and Wales provide a perfect opportunity for farmers and landowners to give public access a leg up.’ So declared our chairman, Phil Wadey, in his keynote speech to the society’s annual general meeting in London today (7 July). ‘The Westminster government and the Wales Senedd have agreed that farmers…

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Café on Bristol’s Downs

We are dismayed that councillors in Bristol have approved plans for a café on the city’s glorious downs, close to the Avon Gorge.  We have called for radical reform of the nineteenth-century Downs Committee, which put forward the plans. Bristol’s iconic sea-walls are a wholly inappropriate site for a café.  It will spoil the view…

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