24 August 1998
Majority of voters want right to roam
THE majority of voters want the Government to press ahead with legislation giving the right to roam over the countryside, according to an NOP opinion poll conducted by the Ramblers Association.
The poll comes as the Government appears to waver on its pre-election pledge to legislate on the right under pressure from the Country Landowners Association (CLA). The CLA wants a voluntary code of access.
The NOP survey shows 85% of those questioned believed the government should “give legal freedom to walk over mountains, moors, heaths, downs and common land, subject to common sense restrictions to protect the environment, crops and animals.”