Representative appointed by Open Spaces Society for Lewes

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The Open Spaces Society, a national pressure-group for public paths and open spaces, has appointed Chris Smith of Lewes as its representative for Brighton and Hove, and Lewes District.

Chris will be the society’s man on the ground, recording the state of the paths, reporting problems to the councils, checking proposals for path changes and opposing any which are not beneficial to the public. He will also help to fight threats to commons, greens and other open spaces.

He has been an activist for the last 40 years, and since 1987 he was involved in the campaign to win the right to roam on open country. A former member of the Ramblers’ Association’s executive committee, he is now press officer for the Sussex Ramblers and footpath secretary for two parishes in East Sussex. Chris works in Lewes as a housing-benefit consultant.

He said: “There is constant pressure on our precious open spaces in the south east. I’m very pleased to be part of an organisation which is defending the breathing spaces that are so important in our high-pressure society.”

The Open Spaces Society’s general secretary Kate Ashbrook said: “It is great to have Chris representing us in Brighton and Lewes. He has a good local knowledge of the many paths and open spaces in the area, and will be invaluable in helping us to defend them.”