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Countryside and Rights of Way Act

Conference notes that the Countryside and Rights of Way Act has resulted inthe closure of many footways and a cycle route and prevented the creation ofa new town footway. CROW has given local councils the right to request suchclosures after incidents of crime.

Conference is concerned that:

1. Pedestrians are being deprived of direct routes to school, work, etc

2. This will lead to social exclusion

3. This will transfer problems to another highway

Conference therefore urges local Green parties to call on Alun Michael MP inthe light of planning law to clarify the intention of the CROW Act and toensure that only when all alternative strategies to reduce crime have beenthoroughly explored and when there are exceptional circumstances can pathsbe closed.

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