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Ramblers attack report for 'breaking consensus'

Posted 23 February 2012
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Ramblers attack report for 'breaking consensus'
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The Ramblers has attacked a new report that it argues breaks an agreement reached two years ago over access issues in the countryside for those who want to go walking.

It has been published today (February 23rd) by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and has suggested the best way forward is to reduce rights-of-way protection for the public, a suggestion that has drawn the ire of the walking rights group.

Ramblers chief executive Ben Southworth noted this breaks with the approach agreed in 2010, remarking: "We are disappointed that this report reneges on many of those jointly agreed commitments."

The Ramblers has also observed that the CLA report calls for it to be easier to divert paths and for no new paths to be claimed after 2026 - identical to those ideas suggested by the review of farming regulations by a panel set up by the government earlier this week.

However, CLA president Harry Cotterell argued the current rights-of way arrangements are a "failing bureaucratic and legislative system".

He argued public money is wasted on pursuing claims over paths that could be better used maintaining existing ones.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801300875-ADNFCR