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Rejoice! Ramblers lose an access case!

Discussion in 'Mountain Biking, Trials and BMX' started by Globalti, 30 Nov 2007.

  1. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    See here:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/oxfordshire/7045738.stm

    Notice how for the purpose of the case, their traditional enemy the off road cyclist became their brother?

    Ghastly people altogether, especially that harpy chairperson of theirs. They deserved to lose this one for their sheer obstructive bloody-mindedness.
     
  2. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Location:
    Birmingham, UK
    Ramblers, like cyclists, come in all varieties - but that does seem an odd thing to challenge, especially since the right of way was a cull-de-sac.
     
  3. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    The Ramblers contest every petition to alter the course of a footpath or bridleway because they want to ensure that a very specific and particular reason is at the heart of any permissions granted, so that no widely applicable precedent can be established.

    The last thing we want is a situation developing where "it's in the way" or "it goes near my house" or even, "because I don't want it there" become acceptable reasons to reroute a right of way.

    Our rights of way are pretty haphazard as it is. If they start getting shunted around purely on the whim of a landowner, then they will only get worse and worse. What we need is a coherent era of development, not the start of their terminal destruction.

    Some individual ramblers may be a pain at times, but cycling could learn a lot about the benefits of having a unified campaigning organisation representing all participants of their particular sport. Contrast it with our British Cycling / CTC / RTTC / LVC / TCA / AudaxUK / Sustrans etc, etc mish mash of representation.
     
  4. ccj

    ccj New Member

    So does this mean in your experience that these organisations don't talk to each other?

    If so, that seems very short sighted indeed. The Lottery vote's coming up soon & I'd have thought that would be a great opportunity for at least the bigger groups to pool expertise.
     
  5. Renard

    Renard Guest

    So why was this good then?
     
  6. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    RTTC is the CTT now?

    Anyway, that aside from your list only the CTC and BC represent cyclists in this country.