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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

Yateley Common.

The fencing row hots up

"May I suggest a deputation to the commoners?"

Says Tony Barnett

Says Tony Barnett As registered commoners now do not utilise their rights on common land, but still have the rights registered to the homestead, which cannot be extinguished, but nevertheless are not used, this has been a great concern to lovers of open access commons because the land is unkempt.

The rights to the herbage belongs to registered right holders, but that does not mean the public may not take issue where the ancient rights of way are impeded, the rights to remove blockage/impediments from rights of way is lawful.

There are arguments from both sides by conservationist and those that want all trees,shrubs etc completely removed, therefore may I suggest a deputation to the commoners? this will be lawful for the commoners to agree to, propose to the commoners that after the ground nesting birds and other ground dwelling creatures and the seeds from the herbage has been dispersed that the land may be mown, this will be in keeping with natural husbandry.

There is also another scheme to stop claims of enclosure because of SSSI, this is the fate accompli used by councils and NE, my suggestion is that persons interested in botany, insects, etc become the carers of on the natural wildlife, but stay within the group, this proposal can be developed within the group.

SSSI, is only protected on freehold land and prosecutions may stem from there, common land is open access, subject to plants etc being eaten by wildlife and commoners animals, so explain how prosecutions can be mounted where SSSI plantlife is damaged?

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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