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Ramblers unveil new boss

Posted 12 December 2011
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Ramblers unveil new boss
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The new chief executive of the Ramblers has been unveiled as Benedict Southworth, who will replace the outgoing Tom Franklin.

Mr Southworth will have a number of issues to consider in the role of representing those who like to go walking, not least as the final report is awaited on the future of England's forestry from the panel set up by the government to investigate the issue - a body Mr Franklin sits on.

Other issues of concern include local authority cuts to footpath budgets and the potential for some routes to be isolated by the proposed high speed rail link between London and Birmingham.

The Mr Southworth said the current time is one where there are many threats, but also opportunities.

"As a keen walker myself I hope to introduce the joys and benefits of walking to the many people who are not aware of the opportunities on their doorstep," he stated.

The aim for the Ramblers has to be to go on achieving "greater access for all", Mr Franklin said in his final message to members in this month's newsletter.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801235962-ADNFCR