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Top ornithologist condemns ‘crass’ action by council in Oxfordshire woodland

June 14, 2010

We are pressing North Hinksey Parish Council to drop its plans to make ‘improvements’ in the wooded part of the Louie Memorial Fields.(1) The council’s plans are not known in detail because they have not been divulged to the public, but among other things, the intention is to hard-surface the path through woods, a charming…

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Protest walk highlights unfair bar to public access on Sussex Downs

June 14, 2010

On 12 June a band of 60 walkers joined the Action for Access protest walk to highlight the unfair banning of public access to open downland in the new South Downs National Park. The land is at Breaky Bottom, on the chalk escarpment between Brighton and Lewes in East Sussex, owned by Peter Hall of…

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New step in campaign for Yeovil Rec

June 7, 2010

Somerset County Council has agreed that there will be a public inquiry into the application to register Yeovil Rec (Mudford Recreation Ground), Yeovil, as a town green. The council has resolved to hold an inquiry at which barrister Leslie Blohm QC will act as inspector. The inquiry will be held over the summer. We have…

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Ten-point plan for candidates in Westminster election, May 2010

June 6, 2010

We published our ten-point plan for candidates in the general election, and asked them to sign up to it. Action plan 1. A right of appeal, and a requirement to provide suitable alternative land, before public open space is taken for another purpose 2. Law change to give county and unitary authorities a duty to…

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Maulden footpath reopened at last

May 27, 2010

The long-blocked Maulden footpath 28, seven miles south of Bedford, has at last been reopened for the public. Maulden footpath number 28 had been illegally blocked by a fence, animal shelter, heap of animal dung, gate, fence and brick wall. (2) Alan Bowers, the owner of land crossed by the path, built a house, number…

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Fencing go-ahead for Wolstanton Common

May 21, 2010

The environment secretary has approved a plan to erect fencing on common land at Wolstanton, Newcastle under Lyme. The application was from the headteacher of May Bank Infants School (Staffordshire County Council) for consent, under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006, to fence off an area of common land adjoining the school. There will…

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Thanet’s plans to sell off open space

May 14, 2010

We have deplored plans by Thanet District Council to sell off open spaces, which will be discussed at an extraordinary cabinet meeting on 20 May.  The cabinet will hear from members of the public on its ‘potential asset disposal sites’ and will take a decision on the sell-off at a later date. There are plans…

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Fencing plan for Kingwood Common

May 14, 2010

We have objected to the proposed fencing of Kingwood Common, near Nettlebed in Oxfordshire.  The society is consulted by law on all applications for works on common land, under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006. The society has written to the Planning Inspectorate to object to the plans submitted by the Nettlebed and District…

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Development which threatens ‘Poohsticks path’ should be called in

May 10, 2010

We have called on the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to call in the controversial application for a riding arena across a public footpath at Hartfield in East Sussex.  The path is used by walkers heading to the famous Poohsticks Bridge in Ashdown Forest.  Wealden District Council’s Planning Sub-Committee North is due…

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Oxford green spaces walk on Sunday 27 June

May 6, 2010

The Oxfordshire Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England is organising a sponsored circular walk around Oxford’s green spaces, visiting Trap Grounds and Warneford Meadow, which have been registered as greens, and Oxpens Meadow which is pending. Details are on www.cpreoxon.org.uk

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