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March 23, 2013


This is my opinion article which was published in the Western Daily Press on 22 March 2013.

Our right to enjoy green spaces and the right to light are both currently threatened, according to Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society.

Development is all.  This government tugs its forelock to developers.

It plans to prevent us from applying to register a village green when land is threatened with development.  It wants—where it affects development—to end our long-held right to enjoy daylight in our homes.  It wants to make it easier to destroy open spaces without providing land in exchange.  And it wants to create a new criminal offence of trespass on public spaces.  All could affect our everyday lives.

If you have enjoyed an activity for 20 years, unchecked, openly and without permission, you acquire the right to enjoy that activity; a centuries-old principle known as…

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