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MP asks Government to lead Countryside Code public information campaign

March 9, 2021 4:23 PM

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has written to the Secretary of State for Environment, asking his department to lead a public information campaign encouraging people to observe the Countryside Code.

The Government's 'stay at home' rule is set to end on March 29th, with people expected to flock to the Lake District the Yorkshire Dales, and other countryside beauty spots.

Last summer, there were many reports of people not behaving responsibly in the countryside - blocking roads with their cars, leaving litter and damaging wildlife.

In his letter to Mr Eustice, Tim is asking the Government to publicise the Countryside Code on 'TV, radio, online, in newspapers, on posters, in schools, in Downing Street Press Conferences'.

Writing to the DEFRA Secretary, Tim said: "What residents saw here in the Lakes and the Dales the last time the 'stay at home' message was relaxed last Summer was absolute carnage.

"Inconsiderate parking led to chaos on the roads and on some occasions emergency service vehicles were unable to get passed. Litter and dog mess was left to clutter up paths and pavements. Farm gates were left open, fires and BBQs led to damage to the local wildlife, and the household water supply polluted. There were people camping overnight playing loud music into the early hours and other anti-social behaviour.

"Now of course this disruption was caused by a minority of people but it's crucial that we don't see a repeat of it again this year.

"There has to be an emphasis put back on personal responsibility and on following the Countryside Code of Respect, Protect and Enjoy.

"I am, therefore, urging your department to start and fund an immediate public information campaign, spreading the message on TV, radio, online, in newspapers, on posters, in schools, in Downing Street Press Conferences, and more, to encourage people to respect the Countryside Code."