17 May 1999
Right-to-roam bill faces more delay

THE governments plans to introduce right-to-roam legislation are likely to be dropped from next years legislative timetable.

A Countryside Access and Amenities Bill – combining the pledge on “right to roam” and measures to protect wildlife – had been expected to be introduced into parliament by John Prescott, the deputy prime minister.

But he has been forced to drop the bill in favour of legislation on transport because of the pressure of parliamentary time.

The draft bill had incorporated Labours plans on right to roam with tougher protection for wildlife and the strengthening of the laws protecting areas of outstanding natural beauty.

It also included more protection for hedgerows.