Says Naomi Smith
It is all too possible to round a corner on horseback and come upon a group of cattle with no prior warning -this WILL result in a horse being badly spooked at best, bolting at worst -it is only a matter of time ........... read more
Wisley Common, Surrey
It is now 8years since the stealing of part of Wisley Common by the Royal Horticultural Society its car park was made lawful with the provision of exchange land yet that land is still in parts fenced off and the whole is not available to lawful public access.
Bob Milton is still fighting
He writes to Bryan Hislop, Deputy Company Secretary, RHS
I am available at most times to help you and the Society in acting lawfully for the benefit of all those with right of access
Says Bob Milton
I think it would be beneficial to meet on site but first it is important for the Society to get some legal advice as to the rights associated with s193 Law of Property Act being as parts of this common are both in the pre UDC areas of Woking and Esher so it is not a case of wish but rights also you may find out that the FP were wrongly recorded as such under the 1949 Act and are in fact BW or in the case of one part of a down graded public vehicular carriageway.
It is the rights not any permissive routes which interest me at the moment but later on it may be that preferred routes may be established. The issue of pedestrian gates is that all fencing and gates need consent under s38 commons Act 2006 and any that your contract managers have not removed or have erected since the exchange land would be considered unlawful. SWT should know full well about the legalities of fencing on common land and the financial liabilities of unlawful works perhaps you should make some independent enquiries.
I am available at most times to help you and the Society in acting lawfully for the benefit of all those with right of access whether as ‘air and exercise’ as with pedestrians and equestrians or on highways such as public rights of way which would include cyclists. Please remember that for the purposes of common land law [s193(4) 1925] cycles are considered vehicles and are illegal
Says Linda Wright
We moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more