Our plan to secure urban green spaces for the public 

We made a host of recommendations to secure urban green spaces for public enjoyment.    These recommendations have been published by the House of Commons’ Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee, which last year conducted an inquiry into the ecological, environmental, and human benefits of green space, and the most effective solutions to making cities greener…

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Degradation of Picket Mead common, Swansea

We have deplored the decision to allow a new access-track across the lovely, one-hectare, Picket Mead common, at Newton, west of Swansea.  The application, which also includes the laying of underground services, was made by Carrington Moore Estates Ltd, to provide access to a new development adjoining the common.  Because it comprises works on common…

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Land at Garrow Lane, Mullion, registered as common

We have welcomed the decision of Cornwall Council to grant our application to register as common approximately 0.63 hectares of land.  The strip of mixed vegetation is situated on Garrow Lane, just south of Mullion.  In 1968, an application was made to register the land as common land but was subject to an objection.  The…

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New champion for paths and open spaces in Dudley 

Halesowen Abbey, the view from the Monarch's Way of St Mary's Abbey ruins and Manor Abbey Farm.© Copyright Gordon Griffiths and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

We have appointed Mick Freer as our local correspondent for Dudley Borough.  Mick will be the society’s watchdog here, keeping a close eye on paths, commons, greens, and open spaces, and defending them in the public interest.    Mick has lived all his life on the doorstep of the beautiful Clent Hills, and his interest in…

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We oppose gating of Primrose Hill Park 

We have made a strong objection to the Royal Parks’ planning application for nine gates around the edge of Primrose Hill Park in Camden, London; these will restrict people’s access to this important recreational space.    In our objection, we state: ‘Primrose Hill, in the heart of a residential area, is an important open space, much…

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Waterstock industrial development rejected 

We are delighted that South Oxfordshire District Council has refused an application from Greystoke CB Ltd to build a science park at Waterstock golf course, about seven kilometres west of Thame.  Our general secretary joined two walks in protest at the development and, when the application was published, we objected, in support of local members.   …

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We celebrate addition of restricted byway to Norfolk’s path-map 

We are delighted that our Norfolk local correspondent, Ian Witham, has succeeded in his application to upgrade a public footpath at Mundesley to a restricted byway, with rights for cyclists, horse-riders and carriage-drivers, in addition to walkers.  The 60-metre path runs roughly south-west to north-east, between the C634 Cromer Road to the clifftop.  The route…

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User groups save Gloucestershire highway 

A precious public ‘green road’ has been protected by user groups combining efforts to resist Gloucestershire County Council’s application to a magistrates’ court to extinguish public rights[1] over Hanover Green Road[2]  in the parish of Redmarley D’Abitot. Cheltenham magistrates found the track to be necessary for the public to use, particularly on foot and by…

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