Archive for May 2010

Maulden footpath reopened at last

The long-blocked Maulden footpath 28, seven miles south of Bedford, has at last been reopened for the public. Maulden footpath number 28 had been illegally blocked by a fence, animal shelter, heap of animal dung, gate, fence and brick wall. (2) Alan Bowers, the owner of land crossed by the path, built a house, number…

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Faircote Hall fiasco

Wealden District Council has given retrospective planning consent for a riding arena at Faircote Hall and stud, Hartfield in East Sussex, and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has refused the society’s request to call in the controversial application.  The arena had been built unlawfully, without planning consent. Furthermore, it crosses a…

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Threat to Bowland

The environment secretary has approved a plan to erect a temporary meteorological mast on Whit Moor Common in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Lancashire. The mast is 50 metres high and its purpose is to assess the wind levels on the moor, as a precursor to building 20 wind turbines…

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Fencing go-ahead for Wolstanton Common

The environment secretary has approved a plan to erect fencing on common land at Wolstanton, Newcastle under Lyme. The application was from the headteacher of May Bank Infants School (Staffordshire County Council) for consent, under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006, to fence off an area of common land adjoining the school. There will…

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Warlingham village green wins protection

A new village green has been registered in Surrey and saved from development.   The green, known as The Back Green, is in Sunnybank, near Warlingham.  We have congratulated the applicant Lee Fishwick, and those in the community who supported the application. Surrey County Council, the registration authority, agreed on 16 December 2009 to register the…

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New path is won at Emmer Green

Our member Paul Gallagher of the Emmer Green Resident’s Association, and local residents, have succeeded in claiming a footpath, from Russet Glade to Jefferson Close, Emmer Green, Reading, for the definitive map of public paths. This follows a four-year campaign, culminating in a public inquiry in April at which there were three objectors.  Mr Gallagher…

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Thanet’s plans to sell off open space

We have deplored plans by Thanet District Council to sell off open spaces, which will be discussed at an extraordinary cabinet meeting on 20 May.  The cabinet will hear from members of the public on its ‘potential asset disposal sites’ and will take a decision on the sell-off at a later date. There are plans…

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Fencing plan for Kingwood Common

We have objected to the proposed fencing of Kingwood Common, near Nettlebed in Oxfordshire.  The society is consulted by law on all applications for works on common land, under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006. The society has written to the Planning Inspectorate to object to the plans submitted by the Nettlebed and District…

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