FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS
38/04 3 February 2004
Open Access To The Countryside - Views Sought On Public
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is seeking
views on whether regulations should be made to limit the circumstances
in which open access land, as defined in the Countryside and Rights
of Way Act 2000, will qualify as a 'public place' under existing
three month consultation, launched today, is part of the programme
to implement the new right of public access to England's mountain,
moor, heath, down and registered common land under the Act.
places are subject to a wide range of legislation to promote the
environmental value of land, control anti-social behaviour, and
protect the health and safety of users. The consultation examines
whether making regulations to limit the application of legislation
about public places across access land is necessary to safeguard
aim is to seek a balance between protecting public safety and the
environment without placing an unreasonable burden on owners and
occupiers of land who are affected by the right of access.
of the consultation paper are available by calling 0845 955 6000,
or online at http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/public-place/index.htm
consultation remains open until 23 April 2004.
by : DEFRA Press Office