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Ramblers celebrate Kent legal victory

Posted 2 February 2012
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Ramblers celebrate Kent legal victory
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The Ramblers has welcomed a court ruling that forces a landowner in Kent to comply with the law and open up part of his land to those who want to go walking there.

Capel battery, a historic clifftop site at Capel-le-Ferne on the Channel coast, had been fenced off by the landowner after he bought the land in 2009.

Following this, the new owner began excavating the site, which had housed a defensive gun battery in the Second World War.

However, the location was classed as open access land under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and after negotiations failed to get the fence taken down, Kent County Council launched a court action that has now decreed the obstruction must come down within 60 days.

Chair of White Cliff Ramblers Margaret Lubbock, said: "This is great news for walkers as it means that the public will again be able to enjoy this piece of Kent countryside."

Other recent access victories for the Ramblers included a decision by the Planning Inspectorate to grant right-of-way status to a footpath on the edge of Ipswich that crosses a railway, despite objections by Network Rail.