Com­mon cleared of illegal barbed wire ob­struc­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

BARBED wire fenc­ing, judged to have been il­le­gally erected on Pin­ner Green Com­mon, near La­timer, has been re­moved.

The fenc­ing was re­ported to have been put up in 2013 around a small piece of com­mon land ad­join­ing Black­well Hall Lane to pre­vent flytip­ping. The land is owned by Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil.

The fenc­ing did not have the Sec­re­tary of State for En­vi­ron­ment’s con­sent, un­der sec­tion 38 of the Com­mons Act 2006, and was there­fore un­law­ful as the public has the right to walk on the com­mon.

The Buck­ing­hamshire Lo­cal Ac­cess Fo­rum and the Open Spa­ces So­ci­ety, Bri­tain’s lead­ing pres­sure­group for com­mon land, pressed the lo­cal au­thor­ity to re­move the un­law­ful ob­struc­tion.

The dis­trict coun­cil has now writ­ten to say the barbed wire strands have been re­moved so that pedes­trian ac­cess is once again avail­able.

Kate Ash­brook, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Open Spa­ces So­ci­ety, said: “This is a splen­did out­come.

“Too of­ten com­mon land suf­fers un­law­ful en­croach­ments and no one is pre­pared to act.

“We are pleased that the Lo­cal Ac­cess Fo­rum recog­nised this to be an im­por­tant is­sue, which could have set a dan­ger­ous prece­dent for other com­mons and ac­cess land.

“The fo­rum pur­sued this with de­ter­mi­na­tion and we are grate­ful to Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil for en­sur­ing the fence was re­moved.

“It is ex­cel­lent that Pin­ner Green Com­mon, which although small is nev­er­the­less of public value, is open once more for peo­ple to en­joy.”

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