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Victory for walkers' campaign

Posted 7 December 2009
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An area of downland that will be located in the South Downs National Park is not to be sold off, Worthing Council has decided.

A meeting of the authority's cabinet has voted against the sale of a stretch of land at Cissbury, which pressure group Stop Cissbury Sell Off had been campaigning to keep out of private hands.

Those wanting to go walking there may now continue to do so, although according to the pressure group there are ongoing concerns, voicing fears that the authority has not made a commitment to ensure final proposals for the land are made public.

However, it noted, cabinet member for resources and business modernisation Councillor Steve Waight conceded "most" of what the group has been campaigning for.

People keen to enjoy the area may wish to buy some walking equipment to enhance their experience.

Confirmation of the creation of the new national park and its boundaries was provided by the government last month, with the entity formally coming into being on March 31st 2010.

Posted by Dan Mirza