Chorleywood Parish Council. Threat to fence Larks Meadow
Anne Pearson writes to Bob Milton
I have at last had a response (in the post) from Chorleywood Parish Council, as follows:
" We have done all we can to respond to your numerous queries thus far providing information where necessary. The Parish Council feels, and indeed has resolved that I write to you to advise that the Parish Council has taken extensive professional legal advice on the ownership and management of the Common and believes that they are acting according to the law at this time."
"We are confident in our position, based on our Barristers advice, and will now only respond to challenges made under or in reference to legislation received from your professional legal advisor."
"Essentially they are choosing to ignore the fact that they had denied at a public meeting that Chorleywood common is an urban common, and they are now refusing to discuss it."
"If they go ahead and fence Larks Meadow without providing Horse Access, do you think Defra would get involved and support our rights ? On the other hand if they decide against the fencing, what is our position with regarding riding over the whole common, and getting them to correct their website, where they state that the horse track is permissive and we have to keep to the track ?"
"This sort of legal blackmail is typical of this sort of head in the sand anti equestrian access stance from many types of Council."
Says Bob Milton
This sort of legal blackmail is typical of this sort of head in the sand anti equestrian access stance from many types of Council. It is unlikely Defra will do anything. It is up to the BHS to protect our rights. A bit of bad publicity might not go amiss. If this is being driven by Higher Level Stewardship money then it would be important to approach Natural England from the top.