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We fight new threat to Brent River Park, Ealing 

June 17, 2024

We have objected to an application from Ealing Council to erect a massive leisure-centre with residential development and other infrastructure in Brent River Park in Ealing.    The society is concerned that the development will take a bite out of the Brent River Park, destroying metropolitan open land (MOL) and public open space (POS).  It argues…

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New government: new access? 

April 29, 2024

‘The new government must plan to provide better access for people, for their recreation and enjoyment, and for their health and well-being.’  This was the message from our general secretary Kate Ashbrook, speaking on 27 April at the 92nd anniversary event to commemorate the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass in 1932.  The event, organised by the…

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Access is a vital element of the Sustainable Farming Scheme in Wales

March 11, 2024

We have responded to the Welsh government’s consultation on the Sustainable Farming Scheme (SFS), whereby money is given to landowners and farmers to deliver public goods.  We warmly welcome the SFS and are pleased that it offers landowners and farmers the opportunity to provide improved public access.  We believe this public good to be of…

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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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Government promise on green space and water: how will it happen?

February 1, 2023

The government, in its Environmental Improvement Plan (EIP) published on 31 January, has pledged that ‘the public will benefit from a new commitment to access green space or water within a 15-minute walk from their home, such as woodlands, wetlands, parks and rivers’. We welcome the words but are concerned about the lack of detail,…

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Access at the heart of land-use policy

December 13, 2022

On 4 July our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook, and the Ramblers director of advocacy and engagement, Tom Platt, gave evidence to the House of Lords Land Use in England Committee.  They focused on the many benefits of greater public access, its lack of a home in government, and the potential for access to be central to…

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