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Says Adrienne Yentis

Says Adrienne YentisA friend of mine recently was riding on the heath
and she came across a group of cattle strung out across the bridlepath with no way through – the only way off was to turn round. Fortunately her horse
remained calm throughout. But you can imagine how a nervous horse might react ........... read more

Greno Woods, Sheffield

Tony Barnett writes to Angela Smith MP

"It is now time for the Sheffield Wildlife Trust to disclose the pre-registration of titles, conveyance/purchase ledgers or return the all monies obtained and return the area back to its original state."

Says Tony Barnett

Says Tony BarnettAs more and more applications are made on the public purse by "charities" and local councils for funding to develop/enclose open access and common lands, so twice the amount of members of the public are seeking advice on how to stop the ever decreasing loss of freedom to access the natural environment, which is their rights to do so.

Greno Woods was brought to the attention of our web page Horseytalk, where claims by Sheffield Wildlife Trust "own" the wood and from information I gained from speaking to the office of the trust, ownership is by purchase.

First and foremost, the wood is common land,I was informed it is not registered as common land but nevertheless it is by nature common land,open access from all points of view(2000 crow act).

Claims by the trust that they hold title deeds to the land, but are unable to identify the person-s who conveyed the land, is in-itself an un-safe statement to make, especially when applications for funding has been made and if, the applications made, indicate that the applicants are the owners, that is fool hardy.

It is then understandable that concerns by the inhabitants are expressed, in that their normal rights to ride and walk the area are subject to regulation and impeded by developments/works and signage.

Information also from the trust is that Heritage Lottery funding has also been awarded, this facility is for good causes and not for any other scheme, DEFRA has also awarded funding for bridle ways over the common land, the same applications to gain that funding must also have been made as it has for HLF.

Opportunities to explore Greno WoodsBridleways and footpaths, would be of ancient right, gained by the inhabitants over decades, they know where these are through years of access, so why is signage needed?

Angela Smith MP

It is now time for the trust to disclose the pre-registration of titles, conveyance/purchase ledgers or return the all monies obtained and return he area back to its original state. I have since spoken to Chris Doar, the lady in charge of the office of SWT for the area.

This person show complete ignorance to the fact that she may be in breach of legislation which includes common land law, conveyance and false representation to gain recognition as a legal occupier owner-s of Greno forest common land.

Ms Doar is completely unconcerned that the matter of claimed ownership of the common land can be subject to an order for full disclosure to show that is the case, or that she is in breach of legislation, she readily states that application have been successful for lottery funding and that no application for works/constructions etc have been applied for, so where is the legality of what she is causing to happen on the Greno Forest Common Land?

As a charity, the trust depends on the public for funding, and as is shown on the web page, for assistance, so why not be up front with their supporters, should any accident occur, where will the compensation through insurance cover come from, are they insured, if so does the company know that the claims may not be viable?

For the benefit of doubt, I ask that evidence to show that the trust is acting in a lawful manner.

Communities and local government minister Eric Pickles and policing and justice minister Damian Green should be informed.

Comments Steve Yandall

"A legal and physical heritage is being illegally destroyed by those that profess good intentions but practice destruction"

Says Steve Yandall

Says Steve YandallI understand that only 3% of England's land is designated 'Common Land'(a lower % than history has conferred on us,the public).

We are being robbed. Every day more instances of assumptive imposition are being recorded with NO constraints being exercised by those with the power to do so.

The result is that a legal and physical heritage is being illegally destroyed by those that profess good intentions but practice destruction.

Common Land is an unbroken link with 900 years of 'air and excercise' and represents a natural phenomena that needs NO imposition other than the maintenance of the rights of common.

The carrot of funding is creating a frenzy of activity that is ill focused,unsustainable and globally destructive whilst,ultimately,removing stewardship from nature itself.

Please remind QUANGO's etc etc of the need for legal compliance,the need for public amenity and the absolute need for being mindful of their ultimate target.

They appear to have forgotten! We have not.

Says Linda WrightSays 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

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