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They’re at it again

The saga of the access to the countryside continues. Our spies in
the field
tell us that this letter has been sent to
all “Open Spaces Society” members and, we assume, all Ramblers’ Association

Regrettably, it clearly misrepresents facts to their members, by mentioning only
the protection of wildlife specie and habitats! What are they hiding from members?

It would seem they want no questions asked about the corresponding legislation for
rights of way outlined in Improving Rights of Way in England and Wales which
will adversely effect everyone else. This organisation has been in ‘the game’
too long for it to have escaped their notice that these are very damaging proposals!

In their efforts to push through legislation benefiting only themselves they are
willing to sacrifice OUR rights of way.

We ask everyone reading this to also send a letter to Mr. Blair and Mr. Prescott
asking for this to be postponed until it has been revised.

Prime Minister

Rt Hon Tony Blair

10 Downing Street,



Deputy Prime Minister

Rt Hon John Prescott MP,

Department of the Environment,

Eland House,

Bressenden Place,



Letter to Open Spaces Society


25A Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 2BA

Tel: 01491 573535 email: [email protected]

Registered charity 214753


General Secretary KATE ASHBROOK

10 September 1999


We have recently heard that the chances of freedom-to-roam legislation being in this
year’s Queen’s Speech have increased dramatically. This law will give people the
freedom to roam, responsibly and peacefully, on common land, mountain, moor, heath
and down throughout England and Wales – the culmination of a campaign which the society
has fought for much of its existence.

It is likely that the legislation will form part of a wider countryside

bill, to protect wildlife species and habitats.

However, the timing is not yet certain. And if the legislation fails to make the
next Queen’s Speech, it will be subject to damaging political delay, uncertainty
and possible dilution.

The decision on the Queen’s Speech will probably be made at the end of September,
so we can still make a difference. That’s where you come in.

Please write two letters now: one to the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Tony Blair W
at 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA, the other to the Deputy Prime Minister, the
Rt Hon John Prescott MP, Department of the Environment, Eland House, Bressenden Place,
London SW1E 5DU.

Please ask them for the access legislation to be in this year’s Queen’s Speech.

Kate Ashbrook

General Secretary

Please print out or copy this letter
and mail it today!

Dear Mr. Blair/Mr. Prescott

As a recreational access user, I ask that Central Government carefully reconsider
the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions’ proposals outlined
in their consultation document ‘Improving Rights of Way in England and Wales’.

These proposals will have widespread negative impact on the UK’s unique heritage
of ancient packhorse trails and carriage roads. They must be protected as a valuable
national asset, by providing recreational access to the countryside while preserving
historical landscape features.

I feel that in their efforts to apply pressure to Central Government to realise the
long fought for right to roam, the Open Spaces Society and Ramblers’ Association
are failing to fully understand the implications for rights of way.

While Central Government attempts to correct the errors of previous administrations,
they are in great danger of committing further errors by attempting to push legislation
through in the next session of Parliament.

Hasty law is rarely effective or good law.



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