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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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      • Matt StreetMatt Street commented  · 

        Why stop someone swimming in our waterways or walking responsibly over the countryside? Some people always say that every piece of land and water belongs to someone and it's THEIRS and no-one else's!?! Let's let people enjoy this great island we live on...

      • Tony GutteridgeTony Gutteridge commented  · 

        All waterways be it river or canals should be made available to all responsable boaters and canoeists. I very much enjoy the outdoors and water and took to kayaks late on in life. I agree with Julian Glover,s view entirely.

      • Doug Dew Doug Dew commented  · 

        julian, chris, please vote

      • Cliff MelhuishCliff Melhuish commented  · 

        I was on an FSRT yesterday on the wye, someone commented that a representitive of the usk and wye foundation had mentioned that some stretches of the Usk were no good for fishing and could be used year round for paddling, this must also be true of lots of other rivers in england. Dependant on levels, of course.

      • Julian GloverJulian Glover commented  · 

        Access rights are really important. On a tiny, densely populated island such as ours (and especially in England) it is crucial that everyone who wants it can enjoy the freedoms of the countryside as long as it is a responsible way. Many commentators see the Scottish model as more inclusive and more workable, a world-leading example of how it should be done, and one that leads to little friction between land owners and users.

      • Andrew RudgeAndrew Rudge commented  · 

        I agree with gwen maka. Why should we put with abuse from those who only view the water from the bank and use the river as a rubbish tip. If you don't believe me come and take a look at the Severn once the fishing season reopens. Open the rivers to all.

      • Doug Dew Doug Dew commented  · 

        Please vote, If you don't have a number 1,2 or 3 next to your comment you haven't voted

      • Sue EadesSue Eades commented  · 

        I agree that rivers should be open to responsible boaters, as well as other river users. They afford immensely pleasurable leisure-time opportunities and their use encourages people to be active in the outdoors and appreciate the natural world.

      • gwen makagwen maka commented  · 

        it's time us canoeists stopped being abused by the trout fishermen of wales and worked together - swimmers, fishermen, boaters should unite in our universal rights to our waters - for the price of a licence, not ridiculous fees for temporary ownership of a stretch of river to the exclusion of all else.

      • Doug Dew Doug Dew commented  · 

        If you don't have a number 1,2 or 3 next to your comment you haven't voted

      • JudyJudy commented  · 

        The waterways should be open for swimmers to enjoy responsibly and without the current uncertainty about their rights of access.

      • Doug Dew Doug Dew commented  · 

        joe and stuart please vote

      • Joe DudleyJoe Dudley commented  · 

        Access to natural waterways should be free and open to all.

      • stuart scottstuart scott commented  · 

        Please gain access so we can enjoy canoeing in peace.

      • Barbara WilliamsBarbara Williams commented  · 

        It is really important to clarify the law and bring it into line with Scotland. I love open water swimming and encourage others to join me but I need to be assured that it is legal.

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