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Month: September 2017

Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons

How things change. This photograph shows an entrant in the Beamish Trophy Trial (for old motorbikes, and even-older owners) held in the North Pennines recently. The (new) warning sign is at the top of a steep and stony unclassified road, and if a truck tried, then it would probably get to the bottom, but perhaps not in a dignified manner. The motorcycle is about 60 years old. At that date Ordnance Survey maps had not yet started to depict public…

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Restoring the Record: Second Edition

Restoring the Record: Second Edition

Restoring the Record: Second Edition Sarah Bucks and Phil Wadey 2017 ISBN 978-0-9574036-1-1 £32. Bucks and Wadey Publishing, Bryants Farm, Dowlish Wake, Ilminster TA19 0NX. Check for availability, payment & postage costs, at hq@restoringtherecord.org.uk Available from the National Archives Bookshop and the BHS Bookshop. In the rather strange world of ‘lost ways’ and the definitive map, time flies faster than in the everyday dimension. Surely it was only yesterday when the CRoW Act commenced, and we had twenty-five years up…

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Seal of Disapproval?

Seal of Disapproval?

Sometimes you might think that there are few surprises left in rights of way casework. You might be wrong. At the end of August 2017, Cheshire East Council made and published two ‘unremarkable’ s.257 diversion orders, and circulated the notice and copy orders to the usual list of statutory bodies. For no obvious reason, these orders contained only the five articles, sealed at the bottom with the council’s official seal, plus the order map. There were no schedules. The absence…

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Piddlehinton: Poisoned by Policy?

Piddlehinton: Poisoned by Policy?

On 24 September 2004, Jonathan Stuart of Friends of Dorset’s Rights of Way (FoDRoW) applied to Dorset County Council for a definitive map modification order to ‘upgrade’ various public bridleways to byways open to all traffic (BOAT). These were 4 Piddlehinton, 14 (part) and 5 Piddletrenthide, 11 Cheselbourne, and 3 (part) Piddlehinton. There were two applications, although Dorset County Council (reasonably) treated them as one. Together these bridleways form an inverted Y, marked on the sketch map as lying between…

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Never Let …

Never Let …

… the facts spoil a good campaign. Cycling UK is strongly supporting Welsh Government consultation proposals to widen access opportunities for cyclists west of Offa’s Dyke. In a recent news release email, Paul Tuohy, Cycling UK’s chief executive, urges cyclists to respond to the consultation to achieve “the lifting of restrictions to increase access for people cycling.” So, just what ‘restrictions’ would these be? Surely what the Welsh Government is proposing is the statutory creation of access rights where none…

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