SACC - Sustainable Access Campaign Cymru

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© 2013-14

We are…

a coalition of organisations that support a common sense approach to public access to land and water in Wales to benefit both users and landowners, and to provide better value for money for stretched public funds. We are united in our belief that the current legal framework already balances the rights of landowners and conservation with the desire for access. There are many success stories of increased and improved access that have been agreed on a local level, aided by local knowledge and sympathetic to the surroundings. Access needs to be managed carefully so as to protect the natural environment and respect existing legitimate activities of economic and social importance and property rights. We represent landowners, farmers, tenants, millions of anglers, shooters, smallholders, foresters, and rural businesses all of whom contribute many millions of pounds to the Welsh economy leading to the employment of tens of thousands of people.

A consultation will be launched in the form of a green paper in December 2013 which will ask for your views on the possibility of introducing new legislation, changing the way people access the countryside in Wales. We believe that if universal access to land and water were to be imposed by the Welsh Government there would be significant ramifications in rural Wales and it would not actually serve to provide the general public with the type of access they desire.

We believe…

that sustainable access to land and water must:

1. be agreed locally between the relevant parties to reflect the particular local conditions and pressures rather than being generally imposed by national regulations;

2. be managed to avoid conflict between users;

3. respect the rights of people to continue to enjoy existing legitimate activities without disturbance;

4. not cause unreasonable interference with the rights of landowners and lessees to enjoy their property;

5. not damage the natural environment or the ecosystem services it provides by causing unreasonable damage to wildlife and habitats.

Why are we concerned..?

See the discussion document (PDF 43KB)… issued by Welsh Government in the run-up to the formal Green Paper consultation in December.




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Anglers launch legal challenge against canoeing National Governing Bodies - Angling Trust press release 13 August 2014 (PDF 19KB)…

SACC press release 20 May 2014 about Welsh Govt statement (PDF 111KB)…

Defra publishes legal opinion on Canoeists’ “unconvincing” claims of universal access - Fish Legal press release 20 May 2014 (PDF 33KB)…

Welsh Govt written statement 15 May 2014 “Access and Outdoor Recreation” (PDF 168KB)…

Other updates (newsletters and press releases) here…