Cath Flitcroft (BMC Access & Conservation officer) and Bill Renshaw (BMC Vice President) met with Barry Gardiner, MP for Biodiversity, Landscape & Rural Affairs in London yesterday to discuss the implementation of the Countryside & Rights of Way Act (CRoW) and coastal access.
A number of pertinent issues were raised with the Minister concerning the CRoW Act, in particular the restrictions process under section 24 of the Act and problems that have been identified with the mapping process. The Minister was very open to suggestions as to how processes that are currently in place could be improved and the doors are now open for continued dialogue between the Minister and the BMC.
Assurance was also given that improvements to coastal access will be delivered as a priority by Natural England early next year and any recent press articles stating the contrary are incorrect.
It is hoped that the BMC can continue meeting with the Minister at regular intervals to discuss important issues that affect the climbing and hill walking community.
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