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The ethical gift

November 10, 2019

Would you like to find a present for outdoorsy friends or family with a conscience? Ethical and environmentally friendly gifts are increasingly popular and rightly so. The Open Spaces Society is a small charity that fights to conserve and promote our environment by seeking protection for paths and open spaces, so that everyone can enjoy…

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Our case officer Nicola Hodgson celebrates 20 years with Open Spaces Society

November 7, 2019

In 1999, solicitor Nicola Hodgson was instructed by Sunningwell Parish Council, in Oxfordshire, to register a piece of land as a village green – thereby preventing two new houses being built on the site which had, for decades, been popular with families and dog walkers. The case went to the House of Lords, resulting in…

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Welsh government must ensure new payments to farmers lead to better public access

November 7, 2019

We have called on the Welsh government to ensure that the payment of public money under the new Sustainable Land Management scheme will benefit the public who wish to gain access to Wales’s farmed land.  The society has responded to the Welsh government’s consultation paper Sustainable Farming and our Land. The society wishes to see…

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Vale of Glamorgan

October 16, 2019
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Bridgend County Borough Council

October 10, 2019
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The Canyons are saved

September 3, 2019

We are delighted that the popular Canyons, near Pontypool in Torfaen, have been saved from devastation. The Minister for Housing and Local Government in Wales, Julie James, has refused an appeal from Peakman Ltd for the extraction of aggregates and construction of an access road. This would have required the removal of part of Mynydd…

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End the scandal of secret paths in Wales

June 1, 2019

Fifty years on from the Countryside Act 1968, which required local authorities to signpost a public path where it leaves a road, many paths still lack signposts. We are calling for an end to this scandal. Join Open Spaces Society and add your voice to our ongoing battle. The society and the Ramblers were responsible…

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Better access in Wales?

May 28, 2019

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government, Hannah Blythyn, has made an announcement about improving public access in Wales. This follows the government’s consultation in 2017 to which there were more than 16,000 responses. The minister extols the benefits of an accessible countryside and the importance of supporting rural areas to maximise revenue from tourism.…

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Walking Well In Carmarthenshire

January 1, 2019

We have recently learnt of a group in Carmarthenshire called Walking Well.   It is a Welsh Government initiative designed to help those who want to get fitter, or just to stay fit.  Carmarthenshire is extremely rural with a low population, and there are a large number of paths for the poorly-resource county council to deal with. …

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PINS Determines Proposals For Deregistration From Bridgend County Borough Council

November 22, 2018

PINS has determined the two proposals made by Bridgend county borough council for deregistration of school sites, at Pencoed School and at Brynmenyn Primary School, both under s.19. We succeeded in objecting to one, and the other was granted without any real objection from us. We objected to both, on the grounds that the council…

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