Bill Wiggin MP continued his fight for safety in the countryside last night saying, “Traditional rights of way cannot be held to be a greater priority than the safety of those using them.”
Bill Wiggin MP spoke in the House of Commons on Monday 23 June during the debate on the Deregulation Bill urging the Government to consider the safety of those who use rights of way and the privacy of those whose land the paths cross.
Following the recent legislation he introduced to improve recording of agricultural accidents, North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin continues to press for improved standards of safety in the countryside.
Yesterday Mr Wiggin spoke in favour of changes to enable rights of way to be altered if there is a consideration for the safety of the walker or for the privacy of the homeowner.
In Parliament Mr Wiggin said: “I want to see a fall in the number of deaths that take place every year as a result of rural accidents. I am passionate about the safety of those who use the countryside.
“I am alarmed at the risks created by footpaths passing through farmyards. A 21st-century farm is dangerous. Equipment is often operated at higher speeds, is heavy and has blind spots. Livestock can be unpredictable, territorial and easily provoked, for instance by a dog.
“Nobody—neither walkers nor farmers—should be forced to walk or work in a position where their safety is at risk.”