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Ramblers leading Vixen Tor fight

Posted 17 November 2010
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Ramblers leading Vixen Tor fight
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The Ramblers is joining forces with others in the walking and climbing fraternity as it prepares for next week's public enquiry over the Vixen Tor controversy.

A popular landmark and one frequented by those with walking boots or climbing ropes for over a century before 2003, a change of ownership in that year saw the tor fenced off by the new landowner.

Devon County Council declared a public right of way over the land last year after representations by the Ramblers and the British Mountaineering Council, but the owner is contesting this and a public enquiry will take place on November 23rd.

Referring to the blocking off of the site, Ramblers chief executive Tom Franklin said: "In our view access had already become public long before that, through use since time immemorial."

Successful moves to get rid of obstructions have included a recent Open Spaces Society negotiation with the lawyers of a builder that had constructed a fence blocking access to Layters Green Common in Buckinghamshire.

It noted that while the lawyers did not agree the structure was unlawful, they did manage to get it taken down.