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Threat to Hertfordshire’s prime path

August 27, 2010

We have objected to plans to site two new schools at Whittington Way on the south side of Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire, because they will severely interfere with the Hertfordshire Way long-distance footpath.(1) The governors of the Bishop’s Stortford and Herts & Essex High Schools want to move the two schools to the Whittington Way…

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Add your campaign for open spaces and paths to the Piece-by-piece website

August 25, 2010

The Guardian has launched its Piece-by-piece campaign. The aim is to publicise threatened places and spaces and to enable local activists to exchange information and advice, and to build a powerful alliance against developments which threaten our natural environment and people’s enjoyment of it. Click to add your campaign to Piece-by-piece.

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Swansea slip bridge—campaigners fight on

August 10, 2010

The path across the former slip bridge on Swansea’s seafront is to be closed. The decision was made by Sue Arnott, the inspector acting for Welsh Ministers, at a public inquiry in June into Swansea Council’s proposed extinguishment of the route. The plan was opposed by the Swansea Slip Bridge Civic Society, ourselves and others.…

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Closure of Waterfoot path

August 5, 2010

An inspector acting for the environment secretary has ruled that Rawtenstall public footpath number 237 should be closed, to enable Lancashire County Council to build a new Waterfoot Primary School. There were nine objections, from the Open Spaces Society, Rossendale Ramblers and others, to Lancashire County Council’s plan to stop up the path, and a…

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We condemn plan to flog off part of unique Crystal Palace Park

August 5, 2010

The London Development Agency’s plan to flog off part of Crystal Palace Park, in the London Borough of Bromley, has been approved, following a public inquiry last summer. The plans from the LDA form part of an ambitious regeneration scheme for the park, with disposal of parts of the park for private housing helping to…

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Bodmin Moor saved from monstrous turbines

July 29, 2010

We are delighted that Cornwall Council’s planning committee has rejected the application for 20 wind turbines at Davidstow Wood, adjoining Bodmin Moor, at its meeting on 22 July. Says Kate Ashbrook, our general secretary: ‘We opposed the application because of the disastrous effect these monstrous turbines and their associated development would have on the beautiful,…

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Plans for Picket Mead Common rejected

July 22, 2010

Swansea Council’s South West Area Planning Committee has rejected an application from Carrington Moore Estates, in which the former Welsh rugby captain Andy Moore has an interest, which threatened Picket Mead Common at Newton.(2) The planning application was for five detached dwellings and associated works at Picket Mead House, Murton Lane. The officers recommended approval…

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Abolition of the Commons Commissioners: our response

July 22, 2010

The Environment Secretary, Caroline Spelman, has announced that she intends to abolish the Commons Commissioners (22 July). We are sad to see the passing of the Commons Commissioners, who played an important role in determining the common-land maps of today, a band of erudite lawyers who travelled the length and breadth of England and Wales…

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Public inquiry opens into mountain-top wind factory

July 21, 2010

‘The unique landscape of Mynydd y Gwair should be treasured not trashed.’ So says the Open Spaces Society(1) as the public inquiry opens into RWE Npower Renewables’ application to build 19 wind turbines on the lovely mountain top of Mynydd y Gwair, eight miles north of Swansea. The inquiry started on Tuesday 20 July. We…

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Dismay at new tennis-courts on common land

July 21, 2010

Three new tennis-courts and other works have been permitted on Therfield Heath Common in Hertfordshire. The Conservators of Therfield Heath, on behalf of Royston Tennis Club, sought consent from the Planning Inspectorate, under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006, for three new and three replacement tennis-courts, lighting columns, a log-cabin clubhouse and mesh fencing…

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