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Threat to Harrogate’s ancient Stray

November 24, 2016

Harrogate Borough Council in North Yorkshire plans to extend and expand the use of Harrogate Stray for commercial activities.  The Stray, 80 hectares of open grassland embracing the town, has existed for centuries.  Residents and visitors enjoy this beautiful green space for quiet recreation. The council is consulting the public on its proposals to weaken…

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Threat to public paths in the Rochdale area

August 11, 2016

Our newly-appointed local correspondent for Rochdale, Yvonne Hunt, looks at the threat to public paths in her area, including the Rochdale Way.   The Rochdale Way and parts of its connecting network of paths are under threat by developers who do not seem to understand their importance. The Rochdale Way is a circular 45-mile (72-km)…

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New Sheffield environmental charity launched

July 15, 2016

‘Sheffield and the Peak District National Park are the crucible of the access crusade.  The new Sheffield Environmental Movement is well placed to enable everyone to enjoy the park’s special qualities today’. So said Kate Ashbrook, our general secretary, when she launched the new charity, the Sheffield Environmental Movement, led by Maxwell Ayamba, at Sheffield…

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Reignite the campaigning Kinder trespassers’ zeal

April 26, 2014

‘We must reignite the campaigning zeal of the Kinder trespassers.  Times are tough for countryside campaigners, but the spirit of Kinder will carry us through.’ So declared our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook, at the Spirit of Kinder event to celebrate the 82nd anniversary of the famous mass trespass.  This was held at Sheffield Town Hall…

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Spirit of Kinder celebrations, 26 April 2014

March 26, 2014

The annual Spirit of Kinder event, celebrating Kinder Scout and the 1932 mass trespass, will this year be held in Sheffield on Saturday, April 26. The event, which will also celebrate ten years of the implementation of the CROW Act which gave the right to walk freely in open country, is organised by the Kinder…

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Open space at Longbenton, North Tyneside protected as village green

December 11, 2013

The Fusilier Field at Longbenton in North Tyneside has been registered as a village green, and can be enjoyed by local people for ever more. The application to register was made to North Tyneside Council by Christine Kay and Alasdair & Dorothy Wilson with support from the Fusilier Field Action Group, a member of the…

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Further fencing allowed on Allendale Common, Northumberland

October 21, 2013

We are sorry that the Planning Inspectorate has approved two miles of fencing alongside the east side of the Allendale/Carrshield road in Northumberland, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Such works need the consent of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under section 38 of the Commons Act…

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Celebrating the spirit of Kinder

April 26, 2013

On Saturday 27 April the first Spirit of Kinder Day will be held, at New Mills Town Hall in Derbyshire, from 2.30pm.  The event is to celebrate the massive contribution to the access movement of the brave trespassers on Kinder Scout, on 24 April 1932.  Five of the trespassers were imprisoned. The speakers at the…

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Inspector confirms three new Public Rights of Way in Beadnell, Northumberland.

April 12, 2013

Peter Gomersall, a member of the society in Northumberland, has told us of a local success. “During the past five years, five well-used footpaths in the small coastal village of Beadnell have been blocked and fenced off. This has been done by developers attempting to build luxury holiday homes. After a vigorous campaign by local…

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Planning defeat at Crook

August 13, 2012

We are delighted that a proposed planning application affecting rights of way at Crook in County Durham has been defeated. The proposal involved the change of use of a piece of land to private gardens and the consequent extinguishment under section 247 of the Highways Act of two sections of public right of way affected…

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