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Everyone wants a slice of your FOOTPATH. Ramblers, BHS, Cyclists, Motorbikes,& 4×4 Off Roaders

Everyone wants a slice of your FOOTPATH. Ramblers, BHS, Cyclists, Motorbikes,& 4×4 Off Roaders

Lately there has been a huge increase in claims by access groups all wanting a ‘bite of the cherry’. Trouble is they have difficulty in agreeing with each other! Ramblers protect the ‘rights’ of walkers, The British Horse Society think that horse riders should take precedence Cyclists demand that they should be catered for, motorbike riders think they are hard done by and 4×4 off-roaders want more Byways Open to All Traffic. They are all focused on claiming FOOTPATHS! Ramblers…

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Where to start if you are faced with the claim of a Public Right of Way over your land or through your property.

Where to start if you are faced with the claim of a Public Right of Way over your land or through your property.

Contact http://www.myrow.co.uk and Intrusive Footpaths http://www.intrusivefootpaths.org.uk/help.html# Research. Find out everything about your ‘path’ and it’s history. Request copies of the Provisional, draft and final Definitive Map from your County Council. Pay reasonable fees for copies. Request copies of evidence (from your County Council) submitted with any modification order. Look at old maps. Many are available on https://maps.nls.uk/ Purchase The Blue Book. Available from Open Spaces Society,  Henley – on Thames. Look at the Planning Inspectorate website.You will find advice on procedures and…

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Have all you landowners completed a Statement under Section 31(6) Highways Act 1980 against dedication of a Public Right of Way on your land ?If not, you are AT RISK….of a claim based on Use for 20 years which has been exercised without challenge or interruption by the landowner…

Have all you landowners completed a Statement under Section 31(6) Highways Act 1980 against dedication of a Public Right of Way on your land ?If not, you are AT RISK….of a claim based on Use for 20 years which has been exercised without challenge or interruption by the landowner…

If you think that there is any possibility of your land being claimed either now or in the future as any kind of Public Right of Way then ACT NOW. Put up signs to make it quite clear that there is a ’lack of intention to dedicate’ The notice must be VISIBLE, LEGIBLE, OBVIOUS and clearly relate to the land it seeks to protect. If you do not do this you will be deemed to have ‘dedicated’ your land! A…

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My Letters to Baroness Bakewell concerning the cut-off date to claim historic rights of way – House of Lords 2nd April 2019.

My Letters to Baroness Bakewell concerning the cut-off date to claim historic rights of way – House of Lords 2nd April 2019.

Dear Baroness Bakewell,I attended the Lords debate 2nd April 2019. (Appeal for extension of the cut off date for ancient historic rights of Way)I was wholly disappointed that those in a position, such as myself, were totally unrepresented at that gathering. It seems that ‘sympathy’ to volunteer ‘claimers’ of purportedly ‘lost’ rights of way is unanimously extended, whilst scant recognition is even acknowledged for those who are innocently blighted, out of the blue, with historic and ancient claims, having no…

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Section 53 (5) of the WCA allows anyone to submit an Application to the “Surveying Authority” for a Definitive Map Modification Order

Section 53 (5) of the WCA allows anyone to submit an Application to the “Surveying Authority” for a Definitive Map Modification Order

 The Surveying Authority is under a legal duty to keep its Definitive Map under “continuous review”.    [This replaced the duty in the 1949 Act to review the map every 5 years.] 2.    Schedule 14 of the WIldlife and Countryside Act lays down certain legal requirements of the Surveying Authority . 3.    From the WCA Schedule 14 requirements it is unequivocal that an Application must be decided by the Surveying Authority “within 12 months”….  and not “as soon as is practicable.”  Or…

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REVIEW OF EXERCISE OF POWERS AND DUTIES IN RELATION TO ACCESS LAND BY COUNTRYSIDE BODIES 7th Nov 2000

REVIEW OF EXERCISE OF POWERS AND DUTIES IN RELATION TO ACCESS LAND BY COUNTRYSIDE BODIES 7th Nov 2000

It is a sobering thought that very little has changed in nearly 20years. The following is part of Lord Rothericks’ speech on November 7th 2000. “The amendments to Schedule 15 to the 1981 Act made by Amendment No. 161 reflect the fact that……… ….. the function of the Secretary of State is confined to resolving appeals on the accuracy of the recording by the public authority, not ruling on the correctness of a decision on whether a right of way…

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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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‘Five More Years’ (a Merry little ‘ditty’ for the council!)plus an extra verse!

‘Five More Years’ (a Merry little ‘ditty’ for the council!)plus an extra verse!

To be sung to the tune of ( on the first day of Christmas) In the FIRST of the emails the Council sent to me We’ll reply very soon you will see In the SECOND of the emails the Council sent to me Meeting for three. We’ll reply very soon you will see In the THIRD of the emails the Council sent to me We’re off on leave Meeting for three We’ll reply very soon you will see In the…

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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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