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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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The disposal of open space on Swansea’s Kilvey Hill

February 19, 2024

Swansea Council advertised notice of disposal of open space on Kilvey Hill, under section 123(2A) of the Local Government Act 1972, in anticipation of the council granting planning permission for the massive Skyline leisure development on the hill.  The Open Spaces Society was among many objectors, arguing that the disposal was contrary to the council’s…

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Celebrating the Gower Society’s 75th anniversary 

September 25, 2023

‘The Gower Society is a model for local campaigning.’  So said our general secretary, Kate Ashbrook, in a talk to celebrate the Gower Society’s 75th anniversary this year.    On its inception in 1948 the Gower Society joined the Open Spaces and they have shared similar aims of protecting common land, open spaces, and paths ever…

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We slate government for lack of action on public access

July 11, 2023

‘The Open Spaces Society is often critical of the government’s approach to open access opportunities.’  So said our chairman, Phil Wadey, in his keynote speech our AGM on 6 July. He continued: ‘Back in January, the government announced an environmental improvement plan for England which aspired to having every household no more than “a 15-minutes’…

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A plum common

June 16, 2023

A fascinating common in Pembrokeshire is now receiving the care and attention it deserves. Plumstone Rock is the most prominent feature of the 145-hectare Plumstone Mountain common including the adjoining Dudwell Mountain, 1.5 kilometres south of Hayscastle Cross in Pembrokeshire. The outcrop commands fine views, from the Preseli Mountains to the Bristol Channel. The land…

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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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Kilvey Hill, Swansea, must not be sacrificed for a vanity project 

February 2, 2023

February 2024 update: The council has rebutted the Open Spaces Society following our objection to the disposal of space on Kilvey Hill. Read their statement and our responses here.  We have objected strongly to a planning application from Swansea Skyline to convert Kilvey Hill, east of Swansea, into a massive tourism site. The society argues…

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Common land saved at Bracelet Bay beauty-spot, Swansea

July 19, 2022

We are pleased that Swansea City and County Council has withdrawn its application to deregister [1] common land at Tutts Head, Bracelet Bay, Mumbles.  This is a popular beauty-spot, and deregistration would have made the land vulnerable to development. The council had applied to itself to deregister the land on the basis that the land…

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