Adam Wagner does his brilliant work again summarising the new covid emergency regulations on where masks have to be worn. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings) (England) Regulations 2021, passed 29 November 2021 It’s like deja vu again, but about
I’m making a list of current or recent issues about registration of rights of way and land ownership: OSS lantern slide of Fetcham Mill Pond: https://images.oss.org.uk/photos/fetcham-millpond-surrey/
It’s now been 6 months since my last day commuting from work, and nearly 6 months since the start of a lockdown of some form or another in England. Here are some brief reflections on what lockdown has highlighted about public space.
Feed by the human rights barrister Adam Wagner : Link to the legislation changes here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/684/pdfs/uksi_20200684_en.pdf
George Monbiot has written about the lockdown and the longer history of controls over public spaces in The Guardian, with a quote from me. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/22/lockdown-coronavirus-crisis-right-to-roam I was grateful to have a long conversation with him, much of which just couldn’t be fitted
Antonia Layard on parks: David Mead on the implications of the emergency legislation for public protest: Also a useful legal exegesis thread of the latest updated guidance on going for a walk: Various police tweets that seem more Scarfolk than Scarfolk ever
Yet again, research and writing for a chapter in my book that originally was historical and as I thought, non-controversial, has now become urgently relevant in the wake of the current crisis. I’ve written (not finished!) a chapter on Victorian public parks,
The closing down of public space means something completely different now that we are in the middle of a global pandemic. Little did I anticipate even 6 weeks ago, never mind when I started the research and writing of this project on