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Says Naomi Smith

Says Naomi SmithIt 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

National Parks and charging for access.

Any attempt at bringing in the Toll system should be ignored, it cannot be enforced.

Says Tony Barnett

Says Tony Barnett The National Parks are to contemplate putting a end to free lawful access to our open countryside by introducing a Toll.

This of course will be an unlawful act, fraud in fact because the land does not belong to the Parks, this I established where Dartmoor was discussed this morning with the National Parks head of communties,ecomony, fundraising and public relations exec Samantha Hill.

National Park land should be looked at as one would to other open access land, common land, especially those that did not meet the requirements of the law of property acts 1925 and 1936, this was for registering lands that were freehold being demesne lands of a private estate, quite a lot of lands are not registered as such and so were subject to the 1965 commons registration act to include town and village greens.

There was also common lands that were not registered but are still capable of rights of common, "Commons subject to an access agreement under the National Parks and access to the countryside act 1949, but this act is subject to freehold land, and not to Manorial waste of a manor/village/"unowned as in S:9 1965 CRA".

National Parks are meant to reflect Natural Phenomena, it will therefore be unlawful to introduce regulation by any means (crow act 2000), there is no one to make deeds of grant, grants of easement or a vesting conveyance, the protection from unlawfull occupation and removing flora and fauna is a matter for the council, and damage under the 1971-1 act, is for the police, the area is protected by public information/ co-operation, so government cuts should not come into it just as government expenditure should not, they are a public asset/facility for air,exercise and recreation, Toll, is an impediment, it can also be argued that the parks are using the land as collateral, this can be identified as "mortgage fraud".

Mr Harper is more afraid of losing his post and not the "creeping decay etc". as for maintaining the public footpaths, bridlepaths is claimed, first it must be disclosed that there is a public liability certificate in operation so as to cover any accident for compensation, as the land is not owned or lawfully occupied by the National Parks, there will not be any.

There is a similar example of Toll used by quango's and that is the Forestry Commission but as these are also public open access but used by the government, the demand for Toll is unlawful as the land is common land but not registered under the 65 act, however, as with the rights of access on Dartmoor and other National Parks are as of right and not by custom because the footpaths and bridle paths are ancient and can be claimed to pre-date 1189, any attempt at bringing in the Toll system should be ignored, it cannot be enforced.

Says Linda Wright

Says Linda WrightWe 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

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