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Halesowen Abbey, the view from the Monarch's Way of St Mary's Abbey ruins and Manor Abbey Farm.© Copyright Gordon Griffiths and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

New champion for paths and open spaces in Dudley 

December 15, 2023

We have appointed Mick Freer as our local correspondent for Dudley Borough.  Mick will be the society’s watchdog here, keeping a close eye on paths, commons, greens, and open spaces, and defending them in the public interest.    Mick has lived all his life on the doorstep of the beautiful Clent Hills, and his interest in…

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Our latest local correspondents’ conference

July 26, 2022

Fourteen of our local correspondents (about one third) gathered, with our chairman Phil Wadey and five members of staff, at Hillscourt conference centre, on the edge of the Lickey Hills near Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, for a two-day event.  It was an opportunity for us to update each other on the law and guidance, and to…

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Challenging disposal of open space

May 24, 2022

Greenfields Recreation Ground (GRG) in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, has been used by local people since the 1960s. The land was owned and managed by the council and held as open space under a statutory trust for recreation, but in 2017 it was sold to a developer. Sadly this is a situation that we see all too…

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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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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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The non-highway land (where the car is parked). Photo: Brian Keates

Much ado about nothing

November 18, 2021

Our Coventry local correspondent John Hall, with assistance from one of our case officers, Hugh Craddock, exposes the sloppy approach to rights-of-way matters by the National Transport Casework Team (NTCT), and persuades it to put things right. In March, the NTCT proposed to make two orders under section 247 of the Town and Country Planning…

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Knowle Green bus shelter

No Convenience for Knowle Green

February 4, 2021

The high court has quashed an order stopping up public access to highway land at Knowle Green in the borough of Solihull.  The order was made on our application.  The land comprises the public conveniences and surrounding land on a traffic island at the junction of Station Road and the High Street in Knowle. The…

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Our new watchdog in the West Midlands

January 26, 2021

We have appointed Jack Jennings as our local correspondent for Sutton Coldfield and North Warwickshire. Jack will act for the society in keeping a close watch on paths, commons, greens and open spaces in his area and defending them from adverse change. Jack has lived in Sutton Coldfield for much of his life, and has…

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Warwickshire County Council

September 14, 2020
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People on foot lose out to cars in M42 road scheme

June 10, 2020

We are deeply disappointed that the Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Grant Shapps, has ignored the needs of pedestrians and approved a major scheme for the improvement of Junction 6 of the M42 in the West Midlands. The society is concerned that the development will sever principal routes running east-west and to Birmingham International…

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