Thursday, 2 December 2010

Sheffield Ramblers discuss local walking issues their MP, Nick Clegg (2/12/10)

Well done to Sheffield Ramblers for securing a meeting recently with one of their MPs who had signed the Ramblers manifesto in the run-up to the General Election - Nick Clegg.  The meeting, which took place at his Sheffield Hallam constituency surgery, covered a range of issues relating to walking in Sheffield.  These included: the potential impact of local authority budget cuts on walking, the operation of the CRoW Act, and Local Access Forums.  The Ramblers delegation was  Terry Howard, Judy Gathercole, Jackie Dauris and Gordon Pursglove.  The meeting lasted for about half an hour, and was very positive and friendly.  I'd like to see more Ramblers Areas and Groups follow this example - by meeting with their constituency MPs, or by inviting their MP on a walk.  It can really help with building a rapport - which can be very useful whenever we need to speak to them about an issue in the future.

Tom Franklin

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