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You had better be rich if someone claims that there is a ‘lost’ footpath Through your garden!

You had better be rich if someone claims that there is a ‘lost’ footpath Through your garden!

The courts are littered with overturned results of Authorities and Inspectors. But rarely are these from home owners who are normal workers, a fire fighter, a farmers widow or a retired school teacher. They are from companies or well off individuals who can afford 6 figure fights, who can employ solicitors on hundreds per hour or barristers for thousands a day, who can employ specialist researchers or experts which is all out of reach of the average man or women…

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ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 5th August

ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 5th August

Monday 5th Did you know that ANYONE can put in a claim for a right of way if they happen to find an old map ( say circa 1886 and 1930) and it has Footpath marked on it. It might be the footpath that in 1886 the local vicar used to get from his rectory to the church ( to save him from having to walk too far.) of course it now goes straight through someone’s living room ?( I…

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ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 29th JULY

ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 29th JULY

Monday 29th I receive a reply from Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity). Lord Gardiner is the Minister responsible for rights of way policy! He explains, in his letter, that when the Deregulation Act 2015 is actually implemented, I will be able to apply to extinguish or divert a footpath or bridleway. He doesn’t mention what you do if there is a modification order for a BOAT through your garden! He doesn’t…

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ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 21st JULY

ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 21st JULY

Monday 21st My thoughts today were on anonymity. It occurred to me that very often the names of ‘claimers’ of private property are withheld whereas the victims of the claim( householder/landowner are published anywhere and everywhere for public scrutiny. Vicious comments or unpleasant confrontations at the site of a ‘perceived’ but not proven right of way have to be suffered for any number of years. In the line of ‘bear baiting’ I have discovered. Tuesday 22nd “Bureaucrats are eating away at…

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ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 14th July

ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 14th July

Monday 15th NCC told my adviser that the Pockthorpe inquiry would be taking place within the next eleven months and to let them know if there were any dates that he couldn’t make! They haven’t even notified us! So I suppose we are expected to keep our lives ‘on hold’ indefinitely. After five years…..what’s another one anyway! Tuesday 16th Pockthorpe Lane is finally ‘on the agenda’ of the Parish Council. As ‘the horse has already bolted’ I will not be…

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The Balance of Justice

The Balance of Justice

Where Public Rights of Way are concerned it is annoying and depressing that Individuals, who of course defend their own right to object to a claim on their private property, are usually the ones to suffer attack from all sides, seen as anti everything and labelled as vexatious trouble makers.  In contrast, those individuals and pressure groups proportedly fighting for people’s rights are respected and given honours. They celebrate ‘victories’ whilst promoting conflict. Why isn’t the plain truth of the…

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ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 7th July

ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 7th July

Monday 8th I have an issue with highway verges at the moment and decide to ask a few questions. Mainly,”why hasn’t my previous enquiry of one year ago, been dealt with? Email from the highway engineer, they muddled two different enquiries! Highway engineer sends me a few maps but still doesn’t answer the question. Tuesday 9th I get a couple of emails from customer services who seem to be passing them forwards and backwards to different people, eventually ending back…

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DEFRA Consultation on Improvements to the Policy and Legal Framework for Public Rights of Way: A response from CLA

DEFRA Consultation on Improvements to the Policy and Legal Framework for Public Rights of Way: A response from CLA

QUOTE “If nothing else, it is entirely wrong that landowners are forced to expend vast sums of money defending their property against claims of rights of way. A CLA member, whose defence of a right of way claim cost £500,000 after a15 year battle writes: “We have had to sell most of the family farm, which we have owned since 1948 to pay the huge legal fees, whilst members of the public have their claims upheld whilst costing them nothing,…

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ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 30th June

ANN’S MYROW DIARY W/C 30th June

Monday 1st Sometimes Monday’s are depressing! I am retired and a pensioner and like others in my position feel isolated, helpless and unheard. I am up against County Councils and campaigning, organised, well funded organisations, who have access to great media coverage for their ‘cause’ and  more worryingly appear able to manipulate law and truth to their advantage. What chance do I and others like me have of our voices being even heard let alone our own human rights even…

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A relatively small group of people are being persecuted for an indefinite number of years by being caught up in a system which is not fit for purpose, open to corruption and causing loss of livelihood for farmers.

A relatively small group of people are being persecuted for an indefinite number of years by being caught up in a system which is not fit for purpose, open to corruption and causing loss of livelihood for farmers.

 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….

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