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April 9, 2014

Well, what do you all think the Ramblers Association should campaign for next?

CampaignerKate

As president of the Ramblers I was invited to make the closing remarks at the recent general council (annual general meeting).  This is roughly what I said.

Liverpool was home to one of the first Ramblers’ federations: the Liverpool and District Ramblers’ Federation was founded in 1922.  An article about the group in the Commons Preservation Society Journal of 1937 states: One of the chief obstacles to progress in the investigation of footpath questions is the reluctance of some local authorities to exercise their statutory functions in the matter.  It is the duty of these authorities to protect public rights of way, and it is highly desirable that no ground should exist for suspecting that they are indifferent to their responsibilities. 

Not much has changed—it is still a duty for the authorities, but we still can’t rely on it.  We heard Maria Eagle MP last night saying that Liverpool Council…

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