Memorandum by The Central Council of Physical
Recreation (OS 21)
The Central Council of Physical Recreation (CCPR)
is the body that represents Sport and Recreation as an Independent
Voice of Sport in the United Kingdom. It works on behalf of 256
National Governing and Representative Bodies of Sport and Recreation,
150,000 voluntary sports clubs and millions of individuals who
participate in sport and recreation.
This submission is from the CCPR itself, as
it is acknowledged that many of the organisations than come under
the umbrella of the CCPR will be participating on their own behalf
in the consultation process. A great deal of the work of the organisations
in the CCPR remit is in the countryside and it is hoped that the
"Urban Affairs Sub-Committee" will be looking at concerns
other than merely in the urban area.
1. The main way in which the CCPR was able
to participate in dialogue with the Ordnance Survey (OS) was through
the joint CCPR/OS committee. This committee has been disbanded
and has been replaced by more focussed consultation.
However the committee members (who represent
a large cross section of OS product consumers) have decided that
the committee will continue to function under the leadership and
sponsorship of the CCPR.
2. When the joint committee was functioning
as one of the user committees it set up a sub-committee to investigate
the questions of the availability of OS products to the general
public and the implications of the copyright restrictions on the
free flow of information to the public in general and those voluntary
bodies which had assisted the OS in the research into mapping
and the active encouragement of outdoor sports and recreational
activities as an incentive to healthy living.
3. The sub-committee found that in many
instances the copyright regulations were interfering with the
free flow of mapping information whilst not greatly providing
revenue which could be used to improve the service to the public.
The main cause for concern was the interpretation that was being
read into the Local Government Management Board's report entitled
"Access to Public Rights of Way Information in England and
It was found that this was a bar to the free
flow of information on these matters that should have been freely
4. The recent steep increases in the price
of printed mapping is deprecated, as the service provided by the
OS is surely a necessity for tourism, education and to assist
in providing for the health of the nation through outdoor exercise.
5. It would perhaps be valid for the sub-committee
to look into the possibility of the OS introducing some scheme
by which voluntary, charity bodies could obtain significantly
cheaper access to OS products that had a direct input into these
6. The products that we consider the Sub-Committee
should consider are the Explorer, the Landranger, the Outdoor
Leisure and the Mountainmaster Maps. These are an absolute necessity
for activities such as
The planning and detailed preparation
Duke of Edinburgh Award activities,
Recreational walking and walking
For organisations such as the Ramblers
Association in checking the accuracy of mapping and claiming new
footpaths and bridle ways.
Dealing with obstructions to such
The monitoring of planning applications
and legal event applications.
The implications of the Countryside
and Rights of Way Act 2001 in relation to the provision of reasonably
priced mapping cannot be too strongly pressed.
7. There are further reasons for the necessity
of mapping to be provided by Local Authorities in the preparation
necessary for Public Inquiries, other legal proceedings, committee
hearings, Highway Scheme inquiries and evidence to bodies such
as the Public Rights of Way Committee. The request for maps from
such authorities is often thwarted by a reference to copyright.
This difficulty has partly been resolved by the actions of the
OS but difficulties still occur.
8. There appears to be an argument that
voluntary bodies should not have to pay royalties for maps copied
or used purely for the charitable functions of such bodies without
any profit motive.