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Ramblers chief says goodbye with message of hope

Posted 7 December 2011
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Ramblers chief says goodbye with message of hope
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Those who like to go walking can trust that the Ramblers will carry on making progress in standing up for their rights, outgoing chief executive Tom Franklin has said.

Mr Franklin steps down from his post at the end of 2011 and he used the final members' newsletter to thank volunteers and staff at the organisation for their efforts.

"Our work is as vital today as it has ever been," he declared, adding that the charity is in good shape to "continue to achieve greater access for all."

Those heading out with their backpacks may have shared some of the concerns of the Ramblers, such as the issue over access to Forestry Commission land.

As a member of the government's forestry committee, Mr Franklin has been able to have a say on this matter.

Other concerns include the possible impact of the proposed high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham (HS2), although this week the Ramblers was able to welcome news of extra government funding to ensure a section passing through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty does so via a tunnel.