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Dunsfold Common, Surrey. The threatened land is to the left of the road. Photo: Google streetview

Developer takes a wrong turn on Dunsfold Common, Surrey

January 6, 2022

We have welcomed the decision of an inspector to refuse permission for an access road across Dunsfold Common, six miles south-east of Godalming in Surrey. In her decision letter, inspector Helen O’Connor LLB MA MRTPI, appointed by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has rejected an application by Kitewood Investment Ltd…

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Hare Lane, site of footway

Littleworth Road: A hare-laned proposal

December 23, 2021

We have condemned a proposal for works on Hare Lane Green [1] as hare-brained. The Luminous Property Group has applied to the Secretary of State for permission (for works on common land) to construct a raised and widened footway on Littleworth Road south of Claygate House. The footway would be bounded on the inside with…

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2021 What a year!

December 22, 2021

Watch our general secretary Kate Ashbrook’s Christmas message

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David Howerski

Our new watchdog in Herefordshire

December 21, 2021

David Howerski is our new local correspondent for the old South Herefordshire district of Herefordshire. David lives in Eaton Bishop, about four miles west of Hereford.  He has had many careers, as both a parachute instructor and professional sky-diver.  For ten years he was a Drop Zone Operator on the Gower Peninsula, and in later…

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2021 Report for the Stakeholder Working Group on Unrecorded Public Rights of Way

December 20, 2021

The aim of the Deregulation Act 2015 is to speed up the processing and determination of path claims. It is the result of many years’ work, and the consensus reached, by the rights of way stakeholder working group, consisting of balanced representation from landowners, local authorities and users. Our general secretary Kate Ashbrook is a…

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The government’s betrayal on access—but it’s not too late

December 9, 2021

The society and other user groups have long campaigned for payments for access to be a part of the new, post-Brexit, environmental land management scheme (ELMS). We were dismayed when this was not included in the announcement on funding for the first level, the sustainable farming incentive (SFI). But the environment secretary, George Eustice, is…

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Give us back our green

December 3, 2021

We have called for the return to public use of Market Green[1] in Water Orton, Warwickshire which, we say, unlawfully has been closed off to recreational use. The owner of the land, Star Pubs and Bars Ltd,[2] has applied to the Secretary of State to remove the status of the land as town or village…

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OSS Footpath to west of Hope-under-Dinmore footpath HD4

Government ignores public access in new farm payments

December 2, 2021

Our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook, comments on the government’s lamentable failure to introduce public access into the new agricultural funding-regime. We are dismayed that the government’s new, post-Brexit, environmental land management scheme (ELMS), published on 2 December, fails to offer payments for public access and paths on farmland. This is despite repeated commitments from ministers,…

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Battlemead Common photo Maidenhead Civic Society

Important missing link in Millennium Walk created at Maidenhead

November 30, 2021

The Millennium Walk, a joint project of Maidenhead Civic Society and East Berks Ramblers, is a valuable trail as it links Hurley with Maidenhead Riverside, connecting with the Thames Path National Trail at both ends and opens up several pleasant circular walks. From Pinkneys Green it follows the Boundary Walk, a signed walk that follow…

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This Christmas, paths and open spaces matter – now more than ever

November 29, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic, homeworking, the climate emergency, refugee crisis, and COP26 events in the past year have made for a challenging, harrowing but thought-provoking 12 months. Most of us have had cause to reflect on our lifestyles, values and priorities. Many will continue to look outside their homes or work-place to gain solace and conjure…

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