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Putting London on the map

Posted 13 October 2010 12:58 by martin

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Last month, the Ramblers launched their campaign to Put London on the map.

The aim of the campaign is to safeguard the city's historic footpaths, in order to ensure that the city remains pedestrian friendly. Walking is a low cost way for London to meet it's health, environment and transport needs, but in order to do this, a good network of paths must be maintained.

Across England and Wales, footpaths are recorded on a definitive map, meaning that they cannot be closed, diverted or blocked off. However, in London no such map exists. Many footpaths in inner London boroughs, such as the popular Thames Path, are at risk of being destroyed by developers. A definitive map makes it easier to prove the existence of a public right of way, and thus help to protect paths from development or obstruction.

The campaign is therefore urging local authorities to create a definitive map of footpaths in London, in order to safeguard them. The Ramblers is offering councils their expertise and extensive network of volunteers to help them both create and maintain this.

You can help the Ramblers achieve their goal by pledging your support for the campaign. You name will be added to the growing list of supporters, which includes Boris Johnson and Janet Street-Porter. If you're really keen, there are more ways you can get involved, such as lobbying your local council, or further publicising the campaign.

You can find out all you need to know about the campaign and how you can get involved here.

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