The Government replies!

Posted by @ 4:50 pm on Monday 23rd June, 2008.

I've pasted this in from the e-petition reply site, where the Prime Minister's Office has responded to the wildcamping e-petition as follows:

This Government appreciates the potential benefits of wild camping in England and its attractiveness to campers who already have the opportunity to camp in the wild in Scotland.

The Land Reform Act in Scotland allows for wild camping, but the land issues and the legislation in England are somewhat different. The introduction of wild camping in England would be a controversial issue, which would require both significant consultation and legislative change.

On open access land wild camping is prohibited under Schedule 2 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, which lists all restricted activities. Therefore, new Regulations would be required to exclude wild camping as a restricted activity. Any change to the current rules on wild camping in National Parks and Ministry of Defence land would require new primary legislation.

The Government has no plans to allocate the necessary resources to consider proposals for such legislation at present, and is concentrating on following up the successful introduction of 750,000 hectares of open access land with new legislation on access to the coast in the Marine Bill, which is currently going through Parliament.

Interesting. And not entirely factual. Wildcamping in National Parks could be allowed by the National Parks Authority, over-riding the prohibitions set in Schedule 2 of the CRoW Act, as currently happens in the Lake District National Park. No "new primary legislation" would be required for this.

Oh, and it looks like Wales still does not exist on the maps available at Westminster, as Wales is not mentioned in the response. That's a shameful omission. If I was Welsh, I would be deeply offended.

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3 Responses to “The Government replies!”

  1. Scott says:

    If they're not even "planning" to "allocate resources" to CONSIDER legislation, then it's not very close to the top of the pile, eh? Mind you, they could just make the necessary Regulations on a whim if they wanted.

    It's all just a reun of Yes Prime Minister.

  2. Scott says:

    Rerun, I meant.

    You want to get some sort of comment editorial policy sorted on here.


  3. BG! says:

    "You want to get some sort of comment editorial policy sorted on here.

    😆 "

    I would if there was any space left. :mrgreen:

    Regarding the "thrust" of your discourse, I refer the honourable gentleman to the content of my next post.

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