The Trimble – the handy device that will help CCW review
countryside access maps...
Ten years on….and the work of updating the
maps of open access land reminds us just how much new technology is
changing the way we work.
The Trimble, photo ©CCW
Ten years ago, officers from the Countryside Council for Wales
surveyed the length and breadth of Wales’ mountain, moor, heath and
common land to mark up, on OS maps, the areas which would be open
From 16th July, the process of updating these maps will start.
Gone are the paper maps and coloured pens, to be replaced by GPS
A bespoke programme for mapping open access land has been
developed by CCW and uploaded onto the hand held mapping devices,
giving CCW staff the ability to refine or amend the open access
maps at a push of a button.
Now, there is no need to transfer information from paper records
to a central system – it’s done direct from the Trimble. It all
means that the review can be done as efficiently and cost
effectively as possible.
Richard Owen, who is managing the review of open access maps,
said. “The maps produced 10 years ago were comprehensive and done
to a very high standard. Thanks to new technology, as well as the
quality of the original mapping work, the review can be undertaken
efficiently, with minimum cost.”
The open access review will start on 16th July 2012, when CCW
will issue the draft maps of open country and registered common
land. Based on these, landowners and anyone with an interest can
make representations. If these representations are sound, CCW
officers will map out the changes on the Trimbles.
Discussions with landowners and all interest groups will, of
course, be an essential part of the mapping review. Staff managing
the review will be working on the Countryside Council for Wales’
stand at the Royal Welsh Show to discuss the review with anyone
Richard Owen added: “The 10 year review is required by law.
Because of the quality of the original mapping work, we don’t
envisage that it will result in dramatic changes – but subtle
changes are anticipated, for example if there have been changes in
land use or if boundaries need modifying.
“We will be more than happy to discuss issues face to face with
landowners and visit land. There will also be opportunities to
discuss the review with everyone interested - for example at
agricultural shows and other events, held soon after the draft maps
are published,” he added.
For more information visit www.ccw.gov.uk/openaccessmapping.
General enquiries on the review should be sent to: 0845 1306229 or
The Review Timetable:
16th July 2012
CCW will issue All Wales draft maps of open access. This is the
opening date for representations to be submitted to CCW.
23rd November 2012
Closing date for representation submitted to CCW.
7th August 2013
CCW will issue All Wales provisional maps.
7th November 2013
Deadline for appeals applications to the Planning Inspectorate.
9th May 2014
Appeals process ends.
24th September 2014
CCW will issue All Wales conclusive map.
NOTES TO EDITORS
For more information contact CCW Press Officers Helen Evans,
01248 387377 / 07717225589, or Brân Devey on 02920 77 2403 /
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