Natural England Management Agreements
Bob Milton protests - "By ignoring the legalities of such schemes and legal parameters ... NE are complicit in what I believe is a fraud against the EU CAP "
Says Bob Milton
It seems to me that the failures of NE in setting and agreeing management agreements is being yet again further perpetrated. Under the present system and guidance to local officers there is no expectation to take into account public access and recreation rights. Kate Ashbrook was told that this would change in 2013 but such changes are being ignored in the present rush to sign up HLS agreements.
The reliance on extensive cattle grazing is as we have seen not supported by serious peer review evidence [Newton 2009] and no account has or is being taken of displacement. We are not seeing the least restrictive alternative being even trialled on these public access commons especially where there is equestrian access by right [s193 & CA1899]. In this case the CPC have given misleading information to both NE and its own Councillors and NE’s own HLS requirements are being ignored. Delegation of management powers by the primary and dominant freeholder or Scheme Manager does not negative that statutory duty or your inability to pay for that duty.
By ignoring the legalities of such schemes and legal parameters such as s9 vesting, grazing licences and leases which are no more than management contracts NE are complicit in what I believe is a fraud against the EU CAP