Recently we had a useful meeting at the Welsh Government following the Government's written statement by Lesley Griffiths, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, on Improving Opportunities to Access the Outdoors for Recreation.
The Society agrees that Wales needs a better and fairer approach to public access for outdoor recreation, which is less burdensome to administer, provides for the wide range of activities people want to participate in, with sensible safeguards for land management activities. We are encouraged that the Government will consult on proposals for making improvements in three key areas:
Achieving consistency in the opportunities available for participation in different activities and how activities are restricted and regulated
Simplifying and harmonising procedures for designating and recording public access
Improving existing advisory forums and how access rights and responsibilities are communicated to all interests
The Society will be feeding into this process to ensure that our call for much needed improvements to the amount of access that equestrians should have to the public rights of way network and access to the wider countryside are heard.