30 years on from the “Rights of Way” Act 1990 but here in Kirklees they haven’t heard of it!
In November 1987, the late Brett Collier, the Lincolnshire Ramblers’ path-champion, led the Conservative MP for Gainsborough and Horncastle, Edward Leigh, on a walk across local farmland. Edward saw at first hand the constant issues which walkers and riders in the county faced: ploughed and deeply-rutted paths across large fields, unrestored and unmarked. At another time of year he would have had to negotiate impenetrable crops.
This outing was a wise move on Brett’s part. Three years later Edward came fifth in the ballot for private member’s bills. Remembering his walk he turned to the Ramblers for advice on the bill he might introduce.
Coincidentally, the Ramblers had been working with other organisations on legislation to strengthen the law against ploughing and cropping of paths and were able to hand him a draft bill. He introduced this into parliament—and the result was the Rights of Way Act, which…
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