The Tour of Wales

 

 

Opinion

Sunset over Aberystwyth



Over to you:

Have your say in this debate. Is it possible to change our whole conception of land ownership, so as to remove the notion of land as property altogether? Would that be desirable? 

Send your views to contact@kewadininn.ca 

 

The Right To Roam?
We hear in the news  about the first draft of maps showing where people would be
given the "right to roam" in open countryside in the UK. 

It seems to me that the right is a long time in coming, and owes much to an antiquated view of land as property, which owes more to the generation of Locke, and those who stole the common land from the commoners. 

That is to say: we should not need a "right to roam", if we had a more sensible view of the land on which we live as inherently common. 

My view is that people should not be able to own land as property, but rather they should be allowed to own a package of rights on the land. One could deal with the right to roam by decoupling the right to sole access from the other rights, except in certain circumstances (e.g., around dwellings). 

This would allow a much more sensible aproach to walkers on land. As in
Scotland, people would not be guilty of an offence unless they actually caused damage on land over which they roamed. Why is it that England and Wales are so backward on this topic? European laws on the subject tend to
be much more liberal (the advantages of having revolutions maybe?)

 

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