Says Adrienne Yentis
A friend of mine recently was riding on the heath
and she came across a group of cattle strung out across the bridlepath with no way through – the only way off was to turn round. Fortunately her horse
remained calm throughout. But you can imagine how a nervous horse might react ........... read more
New roads to be built for more traffic
– when traffic is not increasing
The Government has published a draft planning policy which claims that traffic is set to grow by 40 per cent.
It says this means we need enough new road space for 40 per cent more cars and lorries by 2040.
But traffic is not increasing! The Government’s forecasts are now widely discredited and in fact traffic today is lower than it was in 2003.
Roads made more important than the environment, and climate concerns gagged
The new policy states that this ‘need’ for new road capacity should override protection of the countryside and precious landscapes. Most outrageously, it includes a clause that stops campaigners objecting to road plans on the grounds of carbon emissions, stating that other policies will 'offset' the carbon impact of new roads.
We need everyone who is concerned about the impact of roads on our transport, countryside and climate to tell the Government to abandon these dangerous plans.
We need to tell the Government they must remove the climate gag from transport planning decisions; restore protection for wildlife and landscapes, and stop planning for 40 per cent more cars. Instead we need a sensible roads policy that promotes safer streets, smarter travel, slower speeds and, above all, less traffic.
Fill in this form to have your say before the consultation deadline of 26 February.
Please ask your friends and colleagues to have their say too.
It's vital that the Government hears from as many people as possible.
An overwhelming public response would force the Government to stop and rethink.
Says Linda Wright
We moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more