Remove public rights of way from family homes.
Intrusive Footpaths is a campaign group fighting for the rights of people who have public footpaths running intrusively through their properties.
2 stories which should be considered Intrusive.
The 1st one is a Footpath which goes through 2 doors! The 2nd public Inquiry will be held next year, at present the residents have keys for the doors which are kept locked. You can find the newspaper article here.
The 2nd one is that, cyclists are now trying to legalise cycling on footpaths, This is against the law at present, however very few cyclist adhere to this law, Cyclists have miles and miles of cycle lanes financed by the Councils but, as they say, they do not legally have to use them and so many choose to continue to cycle on the roads alongside the cycle lanes.
They say "We can use only 21 percent of Wales' rights of way and 22 percent of England's and frankly, thay's not enough. But we won't get any more trails unless we make our voices heard. That's where OPENMTB and CYCLING UK come in."
Together they’ve launched the first national survey of off-road cycling activity in England and Wales. The survey will allow them to “establish an accurate picture of riding behaviour – and how it fits with the present access arrangements in England and Wales.” This information will then be used to help further efforts to open up rights of way.
In short, this is the time to tell everyone you do actually ride some cheeky footpaths and maybe it would be better if they were just made legal. The problem is, it closes on Monday so you need to get your responses in ASAP. Share it around too, the more people who fill it in the better. If you need any more incentive one respondent will win an iPad too.
Read more here.
'Massive thanks' to Intrusive Footpaths
I just wanted to say thank you keep up the good work! After 16 years of, well “battling" from the early nineties followed by more sensible but tricky negotiation and canvassing, we have finally managed to get our bridleway and footpath diverted away from the middle of our busy farm/courtyard to the middle of one of our fields. The process has been so stressful and debilitating for many years but by standing our ground and attending various meetings with objectors and the local council over some 16 years we have finally managed to negotiate a sensible and agreeable outcome for all.
The final diversion order which we received last week was a massive relief and cause for celebration but the thing that I’m most happy about is that in the end after all the heart ache and fighting that sensibility, compassion, and understanding on both sides has resulted with us now on friendly terms with the local Ramblers, the Horse Society, the local Council, walkers and horse riders, many who are congratulating us on providing them with a much nice and safer route.
I send this not to gloat in any way, I know that we have been fortunate, but I did want to send a positive story to send strength to you all and thank you all for the support your emails have given me not to give up.
After High Court appeals, letters to transport commissions, local MP…etc... we can at last begin to enjoy our home and business to the full, safely and securely. Our youngest has just turned 18yrs and has never had the freedom we had hoped to give him when we bought the farm due to security and safety issues of the rights of way, and he has only ever known the continual battle and frustration, however now we can look forward to his children having the freedom, and safety, as well as us busy at work knowing a horse isn’t going to get spooked at the machinery in the yard and through it’s rider off onto the concrete.
Massive thanks to you all, and I’ll keep supporting you all; just got the family to sign the petition.
Very best wishes......
Illegal canvassing by Shropshire County Council
Shropshire County Council are supporting free workshops for the British Horse Society to claim 'lost' rights of way. Council Rights of Way Officers are even preparing and presenting these seminars. Councils already have a back log of hundreds of applications and this is certainly not how officers should be spending valuable time.
No Council has the authority to spend money from the "public purse" helping Applicants claim alleged "lost" public Rights of Way.
This is tantamount to canvassing in order to bolster Applications. This is simply NOT allowed and County Councils do not have the power or authority to do this.
It is also quite immoral for Councils to show favour to one particular single issue pressure group. The British Horse Society have their own funds collected from public donation. They should NOT be entitled to 'free' publicity and canvassing from County Councils.
If you see similar incidents of council involvement in these sorts of seminars please make your views known to the media and the council concerned.