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Access rights in England

Rights to access the English countryside, including waterways, should more closely resemble those of Scotland. The land should be free for all to enjoy and use responsibly, it works in Scotland, it can work min England too.

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      • Tom FrameTom Frame commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This country should follow the lead of every other country around the world and keep up with the times. I can understand the trepidation surrounding free access to our waterways but it has worked in so many other countries. I strongly believe that given better access to even 50% of our rivers (which would be over a 10-fold increase) then local tea rooms, pubs and other riverside conveniences would be benefited. Please help this country wake up to the potential that the country has to offer......many rivers might see more people traveling to visit our amazing waterways, rather than heading off to other countries simply because we cannot use our rivers.

      • JACKIE ROBINSONJACKIE ROBINSON commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Rivers should be for the responsible and respectful enjoyment of all. Allowing everyone that closeness to nature and all she has to offer the swimmer, paddler, rower and fisher.

      • SimonMWSimonMW commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Marcus, you said "The English countryside isn't the soul property of thieving the Tories, Tory farmers or stuck-up golf course/bowling green owners"

        I agree with you fully. Though I should add that it was a Labour MP, an avid fisherman called Martin Salter who has his grubby paws all over the omission of open access to rivers when the CROW act was being developed.

      • idcidc commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It would be good to see a public right to use our rivers and waterways for swimming, unpowered craft and other recreational uses.

      • Paul CunninghamPaul Cunningham commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The rivers in England should become like public footpaths, with maybe a few exceptions, so that we the general public can enjoy them at all times of the year; and not just be the property of the rich few landowners.

      • Graham HudsonGraham Hudson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        By law all rivers, the riverbed, and banks up to the ordinary high water mark are state owned, held in trust for the public for navigation. Given this fact it seems ludicrous to me that only a tiny percentage of this nations rivers are actually open to the public.

      • Barrie DobsonBarrie Dobson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It isn't just the rich landowners. Access to the water/rivers is all too often denied by the clowns that work for Local Authorities.

        Worcester City Council is one of the worst.

        JBD

      • mellmell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        access is the right for everybody to enjoy the waterways not just the rich landowners

      • Eric DaviesEric Davies commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like English access rights, including waterways, to mirror those that work so successfully in Scotland.

      • Calum RogersonCalum Rogerson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It would make so much more sense to have access laws like Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC), which really is a great approach to adopt. It does however, need to be adopted, hand in hand, with plenty of education to ensure that those using the outdoors do so with the respect that it and its other users deserve. The Leave No Trace Principles (www.lnt.org) are another really useful way to look at things and are central to the SOAC. Fingers crossed these changes eventually go through.

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        And Mr Wadforth, falling off your bike at the school gates and then growing up and imbibing heartily of earths dry tea does not make you the spokesman for the way things shouldn't be doing. Does it not, or does it do'int? Apart from that, I'm sat where I shouldn't, kind regards x

      • Gary WadforthGary Wadforth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I feel that we should definitely have the same rights of access to our land as Scotland has, it is a ridiculous that people are not allowed to enjoy vast areas of our countryside in areas where no harm would be caused. open the land and rivers to us!

      • Jim SnapeJim Snape commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Its about time that we have better access in this country. Ive lived in the country my entire life within viewing distance of a river that In parts has no access. As a kayaker its infuriating that the percentage of rivers with access is so little.

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