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Walkers joined by dog owners in footpath fight

Posted 12 November 2010
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Walkers joined by dog owners in footpath fight
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Representatives of the dog owning community joined walkers in a campaign to ensure local councils do not make too many cuts to their budgets for the upkeep of footpaths.

The Kennel Club and the Ramblers have warned against allowing paths to deteriorate to a state where taking dogs for walks becomes a restricted activity, amid concern some authorities may slash their maintenance budgets by up to 50 per cent.

People walking their dogs in the coming months may wish to don winter jackets to deal with the weather conditions, while walking boots may be handy in places where paths have got very muddy.

Ramblers head of walking environment Adrian Morris suggested it would be a sign of "truly terrible times" if paths were allowed to deteriorate, while Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said this would see the "liberty" of dog walkers being reduced.

Another area of concern expressed by the Ramblers has been over the risk of Forestry Commission land being sold to new owners who would restrict public access.

It has said ministers should use section 16 of The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to ensure any forest sold off provides a public right of access.