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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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      • AndrewAndrew commented  · 

        A fleeting glimps of an all knowing otters eye the high pitched trill and flash of a kingfisher are sights to fill all mans hearts not just the greedy!

      • Allan SmithAllan Smith commented  · 

        The sharing of waterways in Scotland works well, rights and responsibilities are clear for everyone. The situation in England and Wales is ludicrous, with footpath rights of way along many of the stretches of river where some would deny canoeists access apparently I can carry my canoe alongside more rivers that I can paddle. If my taxes can be used to help pay for the Environment Agency stocking rivers with fish, surely they can be used to provide access points for canoes.

      • Andrew RichardsonAndrew Richardson commented  · 

        As a country we are renowned for our natural and historical waterways and our extraordinary countryside and yet priviledge still dictates use and access..... lets reclaim our green and pleasant land !

      • robert elliottrobert elliott commented  · 

        Give us back what once was ours. Stop stealing our rights!

      • John StorrJohn Storr commented  · 

        The current situation is ridiculous. Imagine if, to go to the shops, you had to negotiate an agreement with all property owners on route to get permission to travel the route.

      • E.CurdE.Curd commented  · 

        This is supposed to be a free country; lets have the same rights as Scotland - we are responsible people and will respect landowners property and not abuse this rights.

      • MalikMalik commented  · 

        access to go paddling is a right for everybody

      • Tom FrameTom Frame commented  · 

        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  · 

        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  · 

        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.

      • Mark HindleMark Hindle commented  · 

        Access rights desparately need reviewing and should be opened up, as they are in Scotland.

      • stuart sykesstuart sykes commented  · 

        All English waterways should enjoy the same access rights as those in Scotland

      • idcidc commented  · 

        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  · 

        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  · 

        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  · 

        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

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