Bedford Borough Council is required by law to protect and maintain its public rights of way and to keep them available for public use. However, many paths are obstructed and cannot be used. Furthermore, not all paths are recorded. Some of these will be extinguished and lost for ever if not claimed by the year 2026. The Council could do more to resolve these issues and I believe it should focus its efforts to do so.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Defining My Terms
The importance of definitions can hardly be
overestimated. “Define your terms” should be the starting point of any
discussion or debate that is important and complicated. In the absence of
clearly stated and agreed definitions, all too often two parties or more
discussing or arguing about something will in fact either: ·be discussing or arguing about different things,
or ·be using arguments that are bound to be
completely misunderstood, or ·both.
That said, satisfactory definitions are sometimes
difficult to come up with, other than at a length which would make them too unwieldy
for those whose attention I seek - those with and without a basic knowledge of public rights of way. On the face of it, this is a serious matter
given that public rights are at stake. Users, landholders and administrators
enthuse over the wonders and benefits of public rights of way yet many shirk their moral and statutory duties and responsibilities to protect and care for them.
My aim is to broadcast what I ultimately see as threats to
our public rights of way. Whenever I do some prescribing - which to me means “laying
down authoritatively” - I by no means do so as an authority in my own right,
which of course I am not. I do so as a layman, interested in, and therefore learning
about, public rights of way. To that end, constructive criticism is welcome. As
is agreement and indeed, encouragement.