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Padworth Common

"The application to fence off parts of the common will be subject to consideration by Ministers. I can assure you that no decisions have been made." - Richard Benyon, Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries

Padworth Common

Padworth Common

Adeliza Cooper writes to Richard Benyon, Minister for Rural Affairs...about plans by West Berkshire Council to fence Padworth Common

Tony Barnett comments on Mr Benyon's reply.

IF YOU THINK NON COMPLIANCE WITH THE ACTS IS OKAY, THEN YOU ARE IN THE WRONG EMPLOYMENT.

TONY BARNETT WROTE TO MR BENYON TONY BARNETT WROTE TO MR BENYON

"I WISH TO COMMENT ON THE ANSWER YOU GAVE TO ADELIZA COOPER REGARDING ENCLOSING COMMON LAND.

AS YOU ARE EMPLYED ALONGSIDE SECRETARY OF STATE SPELMAN AND THE PLANNING INSPECTORATE, YOU ARE ABLE TOO ACCESS THE 2006 COMMONS ACT, A BILL PASSED BY PARLIAMENT AND GIVEN ROYAL ASSENT.

IF YOU THINK NON COMPLIANCE WITH THE ACTS IS OKAY, THEN YOU ARE IN THE WRONG EMPLOYMENT.

SECTION 47-1 2006 COMMONS ACT REPEALS THE 219 1285 ACT OF ENCLOSURE/APPROVEMENT, SECTION 47-2 2006 COMMONS ACT PROHIBITS ANY ACT OF ENCLOSURE THAT SUBSISTS ALONSIDE THE 1285 ACT. FURTHER FOR YOUR ATTENTION,”FALSE REPRESENTATION” IS FRAUD, SEE THE 2006 FRAUD ACT. THE INFORMATION I HAVE IS THAT PERSONS HAVE/ARE APPLYING FOR THE ENCLOSURE AS OWNERS.

TONY BARNETT CHAIRMAN COMMON HERITAGE 2001"

Adeliza Cooper wrote to Richard Benyon about plans by West Berkshire Council to fence Padworth Common.

This is his reply.

Says Richard Benyon

"Padworth Common is not in my constituency but I understand your concerns.

I understand from West Berkshire Council that they are seeking to improve the management of Padworth Common through grazing and this requires some degree of fencing. I, of course understand that this is controversial for equestrian users. The Official concerned at West Berkshire Council has informed me that;

We have however made it very clear that we will provide greater access to equestrians on other parts of the Common to compensate for the 'loss' (they had not right to be there anyway) on the south part of the Common. In fact we can probably improve the situation and provide better off road access than there is available on the south part of the Common. There is capital funding available for this through HLS.

The application to fence of parts of the common will be subject to consideration by Ministers. I can assure you that no decisions have been made. "

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Padworth Common

Adeliza Cooper writes to Richard Benyon, Minister for Rural Affairs..

Dear Richard Benyon MP,

Adeliza Cooper writes to Richard Benyon, Minister for Rural Affairs..I understand from your article in the BHS magazine (sept/oct page 23) that you actively encourage new bridleway routes and off road riding. So, I wondered how you stand on the issue of Padworth Common, which West Berks Council wishes to fence off, making a permanant life home for their unwanted exmoor geldings bred by WBC, limiting access and rights of way to riders and walkers partly on the North side, and totally on the South side.

We locals, riders and businesses are actively fighting this. We have until the 19th Oct to raise our objections; we have had to do this twice before recently. Please see Horse and Hound dated 6th Oct, and Horse Traders article online re Padworth Common, or Facebook.

We, and the Open Spaces Societyand the BHS believe we should have free access to the common, and that it should not be fenced.This small common can be managed manually, it has been in the past by one man on an occassional basis. But WBC has chosen to neglect it of late and birch is starting to encroach.....WBC is also choosing to exclude certain users from the common by its actions, this includes walkers with dogs, horse riders, and my daughter in her wheelchair ( kissing gates are to be erected).....access will then be impossible and more riders will be forced onto a busy road and blind bends......

I would be very interested to hear your views and stance on this issue as this is happenning all around the country and WBC are particularly keen on fencing off commons.

I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

yours faithfully
Adeliza Cooper

Adeliza also sent a similar letter to Sir George Young, her local Hants MP.

I pine for a more sensible approach to saving our forests

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