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Month: May 2019

Councils spending hundreds of thousands of pounds as walkers rush to record rights of way

Councils spending hundreds of thousands of pounds as walkers rush to record rights of way

Councils are spending hundreds of thousands of pounds investigating claims by ramblers for public footpaths to be officially recognised, despite many running on private property.  The Government has introduced a 2026 cut off date to record historic routes which existed before official records began in 1949 with the aim of providing certainty to landowners, but the ensuing rush has had a knock-on effect for unsuspecting homeowners, particularly those buying properties in the country.  The current unwieldy system has been criticised…

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Stress caused by Map Errors. Suffolk News from Debbie

Stress caused by Map Errors. Suffolk News from Debbie

We have written 4 letters to the OpenSpacesMap Group over a period of 6 months, requesting them not to show our driveway as a public road and to remove the 2 illegal label-markers showing our driveway as the FonnereauWay. This has caused the public firstly to think my driveway is a public road and secondly to think the road is called the Fonnereau way. This has caused unwanted stress and unwanted traffic coming up our driveway looking for a cut through or to park and…

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Post Script to Ann’s Diary wk/c 19th May

Post Script to Ann’s Diary wk/c 19th May

Excerpts from County Council emails. They speak for themselves!!! Subject:RE: Claimed highway Thank you for your email. I fear we may have reached an impasse and it is likely now that this matter will be tested through the courts. I understand that legal and other advisors have been appointed to act by some of the parties. It would therefore be inappropriate for me to deal with this matter through our corporate complaints process. My colleague James has conduct of the…

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ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 19th MAY

ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 19th MAY

Sunday 19th Well, as the Little Ditty might suggest, everyone seems to be living at the ‘whim’ of County Councils. It is thought provoking that those ‘claiming’ that they have a right over private property are the ones vested with the power to take just as long as they like to actually claim that right, even when the evidence suggests that the right has never existed in the first place. It is a sobering thought that the paraphernalia associated with…

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ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 12th MAY

ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 12th MAY

Sunday 12th Today started with the discussion ( by email) of the huge increase in claims of Restricted Byways. There is rather an anomaly here as Restricted Byways originally came about as a legal way of reclassifying RUPP’s ( Roads Used as PublicPaths). The discussion has yet to come to a satisfactory conclusion as to if a modification order can solely claim a NEW Restricted Byway. Legislation might help! http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2006/1177/pdfs/uksi_20061177_en.pdf Here is the policy for the legislation which seems to…

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ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 5th MAY

ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 5th MAY

Sunday 5th Bank holiday, but, PROW discussion and research is ongoing and never ending. Today the subject is roads coloured ‘yellow’. A “plausible” case of why Yellow was used for “unimportant” roads /cul-de-sacs,  single lanes to farms…..in Somerset…..  [ancient Accommodation roads which were not maintainable at public expense…. and over which “public” [general] rights had to be acquired  – by way of 20 years’ unchallenged use. The MoT papers in Kew advise  Red,  Blue,  Green and Brown  –  importance in…

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Jacob Anthony: It is vital that we remember that Farms are not Playgrounds!

Jacob Anthony: It is vital that we remember that Farms are not Playgrounds!

An article in Farmers Weekly by Jacob Anthony. I’m usually quite an upbeat character who tries to see everything with a “glass half-full” attitude. But I’m becoming extremely fed up and frustrated by the constant battle that we farmers face when it comes to public rights of way across our land. I have no issues with walkers that stick to designated footpaths. In fact, I often find myself stopping to have a chat with them, either passing the time of…

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Should I buy a house with an old footpath?Read the following and you will find out?

Should I buy a house with an old footpath?Read the following and you will find out?

The following account was sent to us, in order that others may benefit from the unfair, stressful and expensive experience of the writer. We bought our house (previously the cattleman’s cottage and half of the small farmyard in 1985.  Our previous house having been a suburban ex council house.  We’d both been brought up in conventional houses in suburban towns but had a desire to live in the country. During the prepurchase searches there were a number ofthings to consider, our right of way over the surrounding farmland,…

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ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 28th APRIL

ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 28th APRIL

Sunday 28th. A very useful find if you are the victim of unlawful procedure by your County Council. They really do have to abide by the law when it comes to delegation of duty. Have a close look at exactly what Councils can or can’t do! https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2000/2853/contents/made In my own case Norfolk County Council refused my requests for their decision to go before committee. Monday 29th. Today’s ‘find’ was case law concerning the NERC Act 2006(Natural Environment and Rural Communities)…

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The Intrusive Footpath Campaign Letter to the Lords concerning Debate on cut-off date to claim historic rights of way – House of Lords 2nd April 2019.

The Intrusive Footpath Campaign Letter to the Lords concerning Debate on cut-off date to claim historic rights of way – House of Lords 2nd April 2019.

The following letter was sent to those Peers who spoke at the debate. We write in connection with the peers’ contributions to the above HoL parliamentary debate. It was conspicuous that whilst there were briefings from various user groups, there was no balance provided by input from the CLA, NFU or the IFC which represents homeowners with a PROW through their garden or facing a claim for a path through their garden.  We seek your help to get the provisions…

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