Raise Your Helping Hand
There are some pressing matters in Rights of Way that need your personal input to ensure access is protected, promoted and extended for all.
I believe in a world where the countryside should be accessible for all. Green and blue spaces in the outdoors have a huge benefit to our mental and physical wellbeing. Accessing the countryside is a right that benefits the whole of the British society.
How You Can Help
Finding out how things affect you is the first place to start. Knowing the background to issues and then being able to make an informed judgement is the best way to approach these matters.
Signing petitions mean that these matters will be raised to government level. A petition with 10,000 signatures will be responded to by government and a petition with 100,000 signatures will be considered for debate in parliament.
Write to your MP
MPs are responsible for government decisions and policies, including how much funding local authorities receive. They need to know that access matters are important to their voters.
Below are the current campaigns that need your support with a letter to your MP. I have included templates so you can quickly and easily write to your local/national politicians, find them at: https://www.writetothem.com/
The Bill includes a host of expansive new police powers and contains numerous threats to the right to peaceful protest – and could have a negative impact on our access to the countryside. Despite profound and far-reaching consequences, this large and complex piece of legislation is being rushed through parliament.
The Bill threatens: The right to peaceful protest. Our current rights to access the outdoors have been built on the legitimate protest of previous generations. Access to the countryside. The focus of the Bill’s trespass provisions is on ‘residing in a vehicle on land without permission’. However, the lack of clear definitions in the legislation mean that this could have a wider impact – and serve to increase tensions between landowners and those accessing the outdoors. Progress on other critical legislation. This Bill is being rushed through parliament at a time when critical legislation like the Environment Bill has been repeatedly delayed due to lack of parliamentary time.
Extension of 2026 Deadline
The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 officially introduces the cut-off date for adding historic paths to definitive maps this means paths which existed before 1949 and which aren’t recorded on definitive maps by 31 December 2025 will be extinguished.
Removing the 2026 cut off date, as is being proposed in Wales by the Welsh Government, or at the very least to extend it to 2031 as provided for by section 56 Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, would ensure that as many historical public routes are saved for the benefit of the nation.
The Environment Bill returns to the House of Commons for its remaining stages and now is the time to be ambitious. We must put people and nature first and create places that make us happier, healthier and more connected. Amending the Environment Bill is a perfect opportunity to do that.
Amendment 21 would require the Government to set legally-binding, long-term targets to increase public access to, and enjoyment of the natural environment. Amendment 28 means the Government will have to include steps to improve people’s enjoyment of nature in its Environmental Improvement Plans.
“Tell me and I forget,Chinese Proverb
teach me and I remember,
involve me and I learn.”
We should all live by this Chinese proverb and get involved to make
a positive change in matters that directly affect us.
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