Open lane still gated un­der per­mit

Mansfield Courier - - PROPERTY GUIDE -

FOL­LOW­ING the of­fi­cial nam­ing of Coombs Lane, Mer­ri­jig by Mans­field Shire Coun­cil late last year, a query has arisen as to who can graze that road­way and should it be open to traf­fic at all times.

Mans­field Shire has been able to an­swer those queries, which does not just re­late to Coombs Lane, but to other pre­vi­ously un-named road­ways within the shire.

Coombs Lane, off But­ter­cup Road, it seems has a farm gate at its en­trance and al­though it is de­clared an ‘open lane’ it can still be gated and fenced.

Once of­fi­cially named the own­ers of the ad­join­ing prop­er­ties are re­quired to fence their land – for two rea­sons:

1) to pro­tect any stock graz­ing on that land; and

2) so the road­way could be left open to any traf­fic.

How­ever, i n t he case of Coombs Lane the road ac­cess has re­mained gated.

The owner of the prop­erty through which this road ac­cess runs has gained three road­side graz­ing per­mits al­low­ing him to re­tain all of the land for stock graz­ing.

Un­der th­ese per­mit con­di­tions he must al­low ac­cess to any­one wish­ing to now use that lane, and must pro­vide an un­locked swing­ing gate.

A coun­cil of­fi­cer said this is quite com­mon in cases where the road ac­cess has not been used for many years but is then de­clared a named and opened road or lane.

“It does not prevent peo­ple from en­ter­ing that road­way but gives neigh­bour­ing prop­erty own­ers the rights to con­tinue graz­ing,” the of­fi­cer said.

Graz­ing per­mits can be is­sued by ei­ther the lo­cal coun­cil or through the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning (DELWP).

A lo­cal laws per­mit is re­quired for ac­tiv­i­ties such as graz­ing or drov­ing stock, road­side trad­ing, ad­ver­tis­ing signs, dis­plays and sale of goods.

Lo­cal laws per­mits are ad­min­is­tered by coun­cil’s lo­cal laws unit.

SNOWED UN­DER: With win­ter now upon us, deer hunt­ing will ramp up with it.

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