In the run up to the 2015 General Election we’ve been encouraging our local groups to go for a walk with their MP.
Last Friday Battle MP Greg Barker joined his local group on a glorious evening for a walk in the Sussex countryside surrounding the town.
During the walk the MP – who is also Climate Change and Energy Minister – met constituents and heard about local concerns including the impact of local authority spending cuts on local footpaths, as well as national issues such as renewable energy.
At the end of the walk Mr Barker was presented with a guide to local walks along with a copy of the Ramblers manifesto.
With parties competing for votes we’re putting the case to MPs about why their manifestos must include strong support for protecting and expanding where we walk.
From completing the England Coast Path and supporting farmers who maintain their paths to tackling physical inactivity and protecting urban parks and green spaces – there’s lots that can be done to help build a walking Britain.
“There are beautiful places to walk all around us and we were pleased to invite Greg to join us for a walk to discuss and discover first-hand the benefits of walking” said Bev Marks, Chair of Battle Ramblers.
“We need strong protection for our footpaths, along with renewed efforts to expand where we can walk, from Sussex’s stunning coastline to the woods and meadows of the Weald.”
“We hope political parties include policies to reflect this in their own manifestos for next year’s General Election in order to help build a walking Britain.”