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Norfolk Public Rights of Way claimed by Dr L.David Ormerod MB BS MBA MSC FRCP FRCS DTM&H…..yes really…..

Norfolk Public Rights of Way claimed by Dr L.David Ormerod MB BS MBA MSC FRCP FRCS DTM&H…..yes really…..

Mr Ormerod has also stated that he is the Rights of Way Officer for Swaffham but the present Swaffham Clerk didnt know that they had one. Anyway, Mr Ormerod has taken it upon himself to start claiming private land as a Public Right of Way or Restricted Byway. Land that is NOT ON THE DEFINITIVE MAP Unfortunately, due to the ludicrous Rights of Way system which allows completely bogus claims to actually be taken seriously, this will mean at least…

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An Idea that won’t work! My Response to Norfolk Local Access Forum.

An Idea that won’t work! My Response to Norfolk Local Access Forum.

Have you heard of the 2026 deadline for using historical evidence to claim presently non existent Public Rights of Way? That’s another SEVEN years for claims to be registered and Access groups have already had the last few decades already. County Councils are about to break under the strain and the Public Rights of Way System is set to collapse because it is not fit for purpose. Here’s the quote from Norfolk Access Forum. “It was noted that Worcestershire Local…

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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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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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A news article from February 2020?

A news article from February 2020?

They are protesting against Norfolk County Council and their local Parish Council, who they say, gave them no indication that such a thing could happen. Residents are angry that they were not given the chance to ‘have their say’ or warned of the possibilities during the five years that the Councils were pursuing a claim of BOAT ( Byway Open to All Traffic) as a continuation of Pockthorpe Lane. One resident said that he didn’t know anything about it until…

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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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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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