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Open Spaces Society issues election manifesto

Posted 31 March 2010
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Open Spaces Society issues election manifesto
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The Open Spaces Society (OSS) has published its own 'election manifesto', containing ten points of principle over access to open land to which it is asking candidates to sign up.

Such pledges would indicate their support for principles such as legislation in England and Wales to reclaim lost common land, as well as a requirement that planning application forms should include questions about adjacent public rights of way.

It also wants to see a repeal of legal provisions for seeking changes to footpaths and bridleways in the magistrate's court, arguing this is "intimidating and costly to members of the public", as well as swift implementation of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.

Support from candidates who are subsequently elected could mean that new laws passed in the next parliament are beneficial for those who like to don their walking gear and enjoy the great outdoors.

Earlier this month, the welcomed the 32 proposals forwarded in the Stepping Forward report by a working group concerned with the recording of "lost" public bridleways that are not currently recorded on maps.

Spokesperson for the group and general secretary of the OSS Kate Ashbrook urged the government to adopt the plans.

Posted by Elaine Arthur