Brexit has presented a unique opportunity to reinvent Agricultural Policy, and the Welsh Government is now consulting on how public money should be used to support land managers.
Most of Wales’s 20,750 miles of public rights of way cross agricultural land, which accounts for almost 90% of land use in Wales.
Ramblers Cymru have long been campaigning for agricultural support payments to be linked to good quality public access. We are pleased to see that our voice has been heard, and the Government is now proposing a scheme which recognises countryside access as an important public benefit. You can read about their plans here.
Those benefits being delivered, however, is dependent on landowners fulfilling their duty of care of the path network.
Landowners are currently under the obligation to:
Ramblers Cymru remain very concerned that Welsh Government has not made it clear that a land manager’s compliance with their all legal duties will be an essential condition for entitlement to public financial support.
Therefore, we are asking for any regulations and rules accompanying the new Welsh agricultural payments plan to include highway laws and to ensure land owner responsibilities towards rights of way are enforced.
This consultation is now closed, we will publish our full response in due course.
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