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Public Paths Mean Money and Jobs

February 28, 2012

The Country Land and Business Association need a lesson in basic economics with their plans to rationalise our public paths network.

For if their ridiculous strategy ever came to fruition, they would severely damage the very rural economy they claim to be representing.

Walking in the countryside is Britain’s biggest participant activity, bringing more money into hard-pressed rural communities than other recreation. Without the presence of walkers, pubs, shops, hotels, gear shops, bed and breakfast establishments etc. would suffer a major financial hit – many would close. Unemployment would increase in rural areas where there are few other jobs.

Walkers put billions of pounds into Britain’s economy every year. Taking that away would lead to a massive recession for countryside businesses.

Take away the wonderful British path network and why would the ramblers continue to visit the countryside?  Forced on to walkers “motorways” – paths designed by bureaucrats rather than by the evolution of history, forced on to busy roads perhaps? Historical routes lost for ever?

It would cause the death of country walking as we know it.

Real rural businesses should tell the CLA to get lost!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 29, 2012 10:23 am

    Lets hope this never comes in to being. Loosing our fantastic footpath network is what makes it possible to enjoy our beautiful landscape at first hand.

  2. February 29, 2012 11:32 am

    Absolutely! It is hard to believe that the CLA cannot see the consequences of their proposals. More on paths on my website

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