A farmer with SEVEN bridleways claimed across his land is forced to live with the threat of extinction.
His main fear is that, as there is a backlog of over 330 Applications in Somerset’s Rights of Way section, the matter will not be determined in his lifetime and will be a burden on his son.
The Cost of Seven Inquiries will be financially crippling, given that even if he is successful in defeating any of the claims, none of his Costs are recoverable.
Is Britain set to become some huge leisure park?
When we lose our farming land to our leisure pursuits are we to import all our food? At a time when we should be supporting the productive use of land the government seems intent on doing just the opposite.
Historical bridleways and footpaths (now no longer needed or used) were necessary for local workers not for leisurely pursuits.
It is nonsensical to claim a need for no less than seven bridleways over one farm just because they historically may have existed.
AHDB’s latest Horizon report, for the first time quantifies the potential impact of Brexit on UK farming businesses. Average farm profitability could drop from £38,000 to £15,000 a year in the worst case scenario as a result of policy and performance challenges that come from Brexit, modelling work has revealed. Yet another threat to our farming heritage! We desperately need proper and sensible revision of PROW:
- For those who have their livelihood in the productive not leisure use of land.
- For those whose human rights to privacy in their own homes are being ignored.
- For those whose lives are blighted indefinitely often for years by the assertions and claims of others.