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ARC News Issue 45 - October 2001


SUPPORTED BY NFU MUTUAL For contact details call 0845 704 5031

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Paul Barton, ARC Newsletter Editor,
26 Summerhill Grange, Summerhill Lane, Lindfield,
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1RQ

home@ukgateway.net

ARC Secretary: Caroline Flanders, tel/fax: 01689 878105

Each edition of ARC NEWS can be found on the ARC website www.the-arc.co.uk If you wish to subscribe to receive a copy by e-mail please log on to arcnews@tesco.net

CHAIRMANS CHAT

It is encouraging to see that there have been no new outbreaks of Foot and Mouth disease reported within the last few days. Hopefully the battle against this dreadful virus has finally been won. The voluntary restraint shown by our member clubs on "Off Road" and "Green Lane" activities over the past months has been acknowledged, by farmers and others in the rural community, as the understanding action of a responsible Association.

I would like to thank all of you for your effort in having assisted with this policy of restraint.

Although the number of daily outbreaks of FMD is in rapid decline we must still be aware of the risks of spreading this virulent disease. I appreciate your wish to return to your beloved pastimes of Off Road Motor Sport or Green Laning but these activities must be resumed with extreme caution and due care for the restrictions that still apply.

The ARC Council recommends that risk assessments should continue to be carried out by Club Competition secretaries before proceeding with any Off Road event. We further appeal to those members who live or work in areas that are still classified as Infected Areas to continue to refrain from Off Road Activities until their area is declared free of the disease. Your perseverance is recognised as essential to maintaining the responsible attitude that has been displayed by our clubs and their members throughout this outbreak.

Denis Bourne A.R.C. Chairman.

LAND ROVER NEWS

Land Rover has announced changes to the vehicle range for 2002 including central locking and one key for the ignition and doors on Defender! There is a new Discovery HSE model with different grille and other changes plus major enhancements to Freelander ready for the USA launch in 2002. As always see your local franchised Dealer for details.

COUNTRYSIDE RIGHTS OF WAY WORKSHOP

A.R.C. is supporting a CROW workshop to be run by LARA at Uckfield in East Sussex on 10th November. Tony Kempster A.R.C.'s ROW representative is taking bookings - details and booking slip in this Newsletter.

CLUB EVENTS AND THE CROW ACT

A provision contained in the new Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 gives the public a 'right to roam' on foot at any time on access land and on land over 600m [1968ft). Access land includes areas which are wholly or predominately mountain, moor, heath or down and registered common land. There are also provisions for landowners to dedicate any land they wish as access land and for the definition to be widened to include the foreshore and adjacent land. Mountain, moor, heath and down does not include improved or semi-improved grassland but these terms do not appear to be defined in the Act.

All access land will eventually be shown on maps prepared by the Countryside Agency [in Wales, by the Countryside Council for Wales). Following consideration of representations, maps will be issued in provisional form and, subject to appeal, they will become conclusive maps. It could be four or five years before conclusive maps are published but clubs should now be considering the likely affects on their activities.

Access land will not come into being and the public will not be able to exercise their new right until the conclusive maps have been published but that is when problems will arise for clubs. This is because although the landowner will be able to close access land to the public for up to 28 days each year, none of these will include public holidays or more than 4 days which are a Saturday or Sunday, and even then, not during the summer months. There a provision however for a longer period of closure if consent is given by the relevant agency.

If access land is not closed to the public, there will be a need for marshals to act on behalf of the landowner to prevent members of the public interfering with the running of an event.

Both LARA and the MSA consider that the new Act will therefore seriously affect club events in the future. The September EGM agreed that all clubs should consider the possible implications for their events. It is recommended that a specific agenda item be included in the December EGM with a LARA presentation to highlight the threat to grass roots motor sport.

Clubs should inform the ARC Secretary ASAP that they will have a representative at the December EGM for such an important presentation.

Finally, the ceasing of Sport England funding in 2004, will result in financial constraints for LARA. The September EGM considered that clubs should indicate what they consider to be LARA's most valued work and whether the benefits of continued membership are justified for the foreseeable future.

Tony Kempster Countryside Access Officer

FORTHCOMING A.R.C. CLUB EVENTS

SOMERSET & WILTS MENDIP CHALLENGE 2001 - 13th/14th October 2001

Somerset & Wilts ROC cordially invite all A.R.C. affiliated clubs to join us at West Harptree, located in the Mendip Hills, Nr, Cheddar, Somerset for a Road Taxed Vehicle Trial on Saturday 13th October and a Cross Country Vehicle Trail on 14th October. Scrutineering from 12.00 pm to 5.00 pm on Friday. Trials limited to 100 vehicles. Camping available from Friday 12th October @5 per unit per night. Booking forms from John Donovan, Competition secretary, 7 Campion Close, Thornbury, Bristol, BS12 1UF.

A.R.C. 2002 International Rally

Cornwall and Devon Land Rover Club have confirmed dates for the competitive elements of the event as Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd & Monday 3rd June 2002. Details of follow on rally and arrangements for Friday 31st May will follow in due course.

COPING WITH THE CROW ACT 2000

TO: All recreation groups/clubs/individuals who are 'stakeholders' in the use of the countryside.

The new Countryside Act includes provision for the so-called 'right to roam' for walkers, changes to rights of way legislation and the setting up of local access forums. LARA is currently running a series of Training Workshops across the country to help countryside users and volunteers get to grips with the implications of this new legislation.

Dates and venues of all Workshops are available from LARA HQ. (PO Box 20, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 1WR Tel: 01630 657627 - e Mail: timLARA@aol.com).

The Workshop presentations are open to LARA member groups and subscribers, non-motoring countryside users, local authority staff and councillors. If you're interested in finding out how the CROW Act will affect your events in the countryside or your use of rights of way in the future and how you can try to safeguard your interests, you should attend one of these sessions.

You are cordially invited to the LARA Training Workshop on Saturday 10"' November 2001 at Uckfield in East Sussex. The Association of Rover Clubs, which is a member of LARA, has kindly agreed to co-ordinate this particular Workshop on behalf of LARA. Venue details will be sent on receipt of your application and payment. The Workshop will start at 10.00am and finish at about 4.30pm.

The modest attendance fee is 20, with a discounted rate of 15 for LARA members, and this includes Workshop papers, lunch and refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you there! Further information is available from Tony Kempster on 01797 252371.

Tear along dotted line - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- LARA TRAINING WORKSHOP - COPING WITH THE CROW ACT 2000 SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2001 AT UCKFIELD, EAST SUSSEX

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Send cheques only please, payable to Association of Rover Clubs, with your application to: T Kempster [ARC], Knelle Hill Lodge, Beckley, Rye TN31 6UD --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A.R.C. CALENDAR FOR 2002

No doubt individual clubs will be hoping to finalise club calendars and interclub dates for 2002 Please would all club secretaries e-mail dates for next year so that they can be included in A.R.C. News Many thanks Paul Barton Editor A.R.C. News

IMPORTANT - Participation at any competitive event or show is at your own risk or that of the organisers. Although the A.R.C. is happy to publicise such events it does not act as an agent for the organisers. Statements or opinions expressed in A.R.C. News are not necessarily those of the A.R.C. Council. You are advised to obtain independent advice on matters involving safety, finance or legislation.

This Newsletter is compiled and edited by Paul Barton, ARC Newsletter Editor, for the Association of Rover Clubs Contact Editor at 26 Summerhill Grange, Summerhill Lane, Lindfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1RQ e-mail: PaulBarton.home@ukgateway.net

ARC Secretary: Caroline Flanders, 124 Crescent Drive, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent. BR5 1BE. Telephone: 01689 878105 e-mail: arcsec@ledburn253.freeserve.co.uk.

Association of Rover Clubs Ltd. Limited by Guarantee Registered in England No. 1806788 Registered Office, 124 Crescent Drive, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent, BR5 1BE

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