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Development is all

March 6, 2013

Our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook, writes of the government’s attack on the law of prescription, and on our open spaces. Four days after the first reading of the government’s Growth and Infrastructure Bill, with its pernicious attack on town and village greens, I went to Westminster Abbey to celebrate the life of our early activist…

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Vital local park in Redbridge faces disposal threat

February 15, 2013

The London Borough of Redbridge is planning to grant a 35-year lease of Goodmayes Park Extension to the Singh Sabha Football Club. We have objected. The park is greatly enjoyed by local people for informal recreation, it is a vital green lung in an urban area. The park is treasured by them, it is an…

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Open spaces need friends more than ever

February 7, 2013

‘Open spaces have never been more in need of friends.’ So declared Kate Ashbrook, our general secretary at a meeting of the London Green Spaces Friends Groups Network on Monday evening, 4 February, at City Hall, London. She was sharing her campaign experience of fighting threats to green spaces with friends groups from open spaces…

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We need a champion for the environment and public access

February 4, 2013

 We have called for there to be a strong agency to champion the environment, landscape and public access to and enjoyment of the outdoors in England.  The society was responding to the triennial review of the Environment Agency and Natural England being carried out by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). The…

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We join fight to save Reigate’s special countryside

February 2, 2013

We have objected strongly to the proposal in Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s core strategy to demote the special landscape designation of green belt on the west side of Reigate in Surrey.  The society, with many other objectors such as Save Reigate’s Green Belt, opposes the plan to redesignate as Sustainable Urban Extension the area…

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Open spaces to lose democratic protection

January 31, 2013

The government proposes to remove democratic protection from open spaces threatened with compulsory purchase. The House of Lords will debate these plans, which are in clause 22 of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill, on Monday (4 February). We are urging members of the House of Lords to oppose clause 22 because it puts open spaces…

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Can their lordships save our greens?

January 29, 2013

We have called on members of the House of Lords to support amendments to the Growth Bill which will prevent the government from emasculating the process for registering land as town or village greens. The House of Lords is set to debate these tomorrow (Wednesday 30 January). Land can be registered as a town or…

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Last chance to grab your greens – do it now!

January 8, 2013

Our new-year message. We have made a last-minute call to communities to apply to register land as town or village greens.  The government’s Growth and Infrastructure Bill, currently in the House of Lords, emasculates the process. The government falsely claims that greens registration is a barrier to development and wants to stop this.  Clause 14…

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What future for Helredale’s open space?

January 1, 2013

The future of the playing field at Helredale, Whitby, North Yorkshire, is in the balance.  Following a disappointing ruling in the court of appeal in October, Helredale Neighbourhood Council (HNC) is hoping to obtain permission to appeal to the supreme court. Read more about it here.

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Open space commendation goes to Calderdale’s inspiring individual

December 1, 2012

We have given a special, individual commendation to Jade Smith of Mytholmroyd, Calderdale, for her work on the restoration and improvement of Mytholmroyd’s Memorial Garden. The award was presented on Saturday 1 December as part of Upper Calder Valley’s annual ‘Valley of Lights’ celebration. Jean Macdonald, our vice-chairman, said: ‘We introduced this award last year…

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