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Our action plan for the new Welsh Assembly Government

April 7, 2011

We have published our 12-point action plan for candidates in the Welsh Assembly Government election, urging them to commit themselves to our action points. We are contacting all the candidates through our members in Wales, and from our headquarters, to seek their pledges of support. Our 12 points include a better deal for the nation’s…

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First victory in battle to restore St Catherine’s Hill common

April 1, 2011

We have won the first round in the battle to restore parts of St Catherine’s Hill Common lost to illegal privatisation. We welcomed the decision by the Planning Inspectorate to reject an application from Guildford Borough Council, the owner of St Catherine’s Hill Common south of Guildford in Surrey, to plant a hollybush screen, three…

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Our new chairman

March 24, 2011

Tim Crowther from Weybridge in Surrey is our new chairman. For the past 12 years Tim has been an active member of Elmbridge Borough Council. Prior to retirement he worked for a government property agency. He became a member of the Open Spaces Society over 25 years ago. A lifelong walker, Tim has completed many…

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BBC Radio Oxford interview

March 21, 2011

On Sunday 6 February our general secretary had an hour-long interview with Bill Heine on BBC Radio Oxford. She chatted about public paths, forestry privatisation, village greens, common land and campaigning. You can listen to it here: BBC Radio Oxford interview.

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Plans withdrawn for 20 wind-turbines in beauty-spot

March 14, 2011

Community Windpower Ltd has withdrawn its appeal to the Planning Inspectorate to erect 20 wind-turbines on hilltop common land in Lancashire. The withdrawal coincides with the publication of proposals from Natural England that much of the Lune Valley is likely to become a National Park, thus confirming it as among our finest treasures. The 126-metre…

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Honiton green space saved for the community

March 11, 2011

Campaigners from Honiton in East Devon are delighted that Littletown Green has been registered as a village green.  The four-acre field has been enjoyed by local people for informal recreation for decades.  With support from us, Rosemary Kimbell (a member of the society), her husband Alan and neighbours Mike Allen and Andy Cox gathered evidence…

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Treasured common saved from trashing by wind factory

February 23, 2011

The Welsh Assembly Government has rejected plans by RWE Npower Renewables to erect 19 wind turbines, with tracks and infrastructure, on Mynydd-y-Gwair, a prominent hill eight miles north of Swansea. The decision follows a public inquiry last summer into RWE Npower’s appeal against Swansea Council’s refusal of planning permission. The inquiry also considered an application…

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Our pledge to fight sale of Nottinghamshire’s forests

February 15, 2011

Speaking to local historians in Nottinghamshire, our trustee, Jean Macdonald, pledged to help fight the sale of publicly-owned woods and forests in Nottinghamshire. Jean was addressing the first Angel Row Local History Forum on Tuesday evening [15 February] in Nottingham Central Library. The forum is organised by the Nottinghamshire Local History Association and supported by…

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Vital safeguards for public woods and forests

February 1, 2011

The society has published a set of vital safeguards for the public forest estate in England, ahead of the opposition debate on forests in the House of Commons on Wednesday (2 February). We have written to MPs urging them to advocate these safeguards in the debate.   All these safeguards must be satisfied before the…

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We oppose plan for Baddesley Common

January 31, 2011

We have objected to the Friends of Baddesley Common’s plan to construct a pond on the common, near Atherstone in north Warwickshire.  We have sent an objection to North Warwickshire District Council, because the pond will be detrimental to the existing landscape, will result in the loss of a rare habitat, and will interfere with…

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