07 January 1999
Government tries to avoid right to roam
By FWi staff
THE Government is still striving to go down the voluntary route on “right to roam” access to the countryside.
Junior environment minister Alan Meale told delegates at the Oxford Farming Conference that the Government would prefer voluntary access despite disappointment about consultations with landowners.
A recent attempt by the Country Landowners Association to compile a register of land open to the public met with a poor response from farmers.
Details of the Governments own access scheme will be revealed soon but Mr Meale said legislation would be enacted unless a greater degree of public access was achieved.
The Country Landowners Association welcomed Mr Meales statement.