The public rights of way system ...
is governed by a failing bureaucratic and legislative system which is long-winded, expensive and completely incomprehensible to the ordinary person - Country Land and Business Association.
The Country Land and Business Association has published
"The Right Way Forward: The CLA's common sense approach to access in the countryside".
In his forward to the publication CLA President, Harry Cotterell, argues:
"There is a dichotomy within the public rights of way system in England and Wales. On the one hand it offers more than 137,000 miles of public footpath, bridleway and byway providing a level of access admired throughout the world; on the other hand it is governed by a failing bureaucratic and legislative system which is long-winded, expensive and completely incomprehensible to the ordinary person."
The problems identified in the report are directly drawn from the many experiences of CLA members-landowners and users-who, frequently baffled by the complexities and intricacies of the rights of way system, were compelled to draw on us for guidance. The CLA's stated aim is to provide practical solutions to those problems in ways which are both workable and which would not undermine existing rights of way.