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Public access to green space must be priority for new government 

July 4, 2024

‘Public access to good-quality green spaces must be a priority for the new government.’  So declared our chairman Phil Wadey at the society’s annual general meeting held on the day of the general election.  ‘We stand ready with suggestions for the government to improve access to, and enjoyment of, green spaces and paths in town…

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An extract from Open Space Magazine: reflecting on forty years

June 7, 2024

In the latest edition of Open Space magazine, Kate Ashbrook reflects on 40 years in her post as the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society.   Forty years on When I joined the Open Spaces Society as its general secretary 40 years ago, our world was very different, says Kate Ashbrook, our general secretary. We…

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Don’t kill Kilvey Hill 

March 26, 2024

This was our message to Swansea Council at a rally on Sunday (24 March).  Kate Ashbrook, our general secretary, joined more than 300 local people on top of Kilvey Hill, north-east of Swansea at a rally against plans by Skyline Swansea Ltd for a vast tourist development, which includes a restaurant and visitor centre, skyswing,…

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We oppose gating of Primrose Hill Park 

November 29, 2023

We have made a strong objection to the Royal Parks’ planning application for nine gates around the edge of Primrose Hill Park in Camden, London; these will restrict people’s access to this important recreational space.    In our objection, we state: ‘Primrose Hill, in the heart of a residential area, is an important open space, much…

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Backword from Westminster

June 12, 2023

Our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook, reports on the latest backsliding from the Westminster government. There is a north-country phrase ‘to give backword’. In a devastating move, environment secretary Thérèse Coffey has done just that, reversing last year’s decision by environment minister Richard Benyon to repeal the 2026 deadline for recording lost paths in England. Instead,…

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We condemn skyline development at Swansea beauty-spot

May 19, 2023

We have made a strong objection to plans to desecrate Kilvey Hill, east of Swansea. We have submitted our objection to Asbri Planning, acting for Swansea Skyline Ltd, which proposes to develop the hill and surrounding area with a leisure development.  This comprises, among other infrastructure, gondola stations, a multi-purpose visitor building, luge tracks, chairlift,…

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We save Brickhill footpath, Bedford, from closure

December 23, 2022

We are delighted to have saved Brickhill footpath 9 from closure, following a public hearing in November.  We were represented by our local correspondent and veteran path-defender, Mike Clarke. The 240-metre-long path runs between Waveney Avenue in the north to Falcon Avenue in the south, across Waveney Green, Brickhill, on the north side of Bedford. …

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