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Hardy heritage under threat

April 23, 2010

We have objected to a plan to move the historic footpath leading to the cottage where Thomas Hardy’s fictitious heroine, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, was born and brought up. Dorset County Council has received an application from the owner of Tess Cottage (formerly Barton Cottage) to move Marnhull footpath 25, which currently follows an historic…

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New green in Highworth

March 22, 2010

Local campaigners have won a new village green at Barra Close, Highworth near Swindon.  However, approximately 5,000 square feet of the land had been fenced off during a neighbour dispute, and this part of the land still has to be registered as village green.  This week the fences were removed and now local campaigners are…

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We question Bristol’s green credentials

February 2, 2010

We have today questioned Bristol’s claims to be a ‘green capital’. Objecting to an application by Bristol Zoo to continue to use one of the best parts of the city’s famous Downs as a large car park on the finest days of the year, Kate Ashbrook, our general secretary said: ‘This is the fifth time…

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Beauty-spot path on Cornish coast to be reopened at last

January 29, 2010

The claimed footpath at Carlyon Bay, St Austell in Cornwall is at last being reopened, after being submerged by development.  The society’s members Gloria and Peter Price have led the campaign to win back the path. The Prices claimed the route, from Beach Road to the former Coliseum Building, for the official map of public…

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Pressure for call-in for Davidstow wind-turbines

January 11, 2010

We have written to the Government Office for the South West urging the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to call in the planning application for 20 wind-turbines at Davidstow Wood, near Camelford in Cornwall.  Cornwall Council’s planning committee approved the turbines, against its officers’ advice, last October.  However, the Government Office for…

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