Surveyors’ Accounts

Surveyors’ Accounts

In the first quarter of the 19th Century there were more ‘surveyors of highways’ than you could shake a stick at: the thick end of seventeen thousand of them in England and Wales. After the commencement of the Highway Act 1835 the job got a bit more rigorous, and better records were kept. One enterprising publisher sold formatted accounts books for surveyors’ use, and Bill Riley has located and copied an example from 1851. This is available as a PDF…

Read More Read More

Piles of Files

Piles of Files

Practitioners in the dark arts of public inquiries will know how much of a chore it can sometimes be getting hold of the case papers early enough in the process. The Planning Inspectorate has recently updated its ‘Checklist for Order Making Authorities‘ (regarding the papers that the OMA must send to PINS with an order for determination) by adding this note: ‘To help with the smooth running of the process, and to ensure parties are able to access all the…

Read More Read More

The Next Wave?

The Next Wave?

Byway and Bridleway has been involved with mountain bikes, their use, and regulation, from the very early days in the UK (see B&B 1985/2/7, 1991/6/23, and 2006/3/33, among others). Looking back now it seems remarkable how public bodies ‑ and particularly the national parks ‑ regarded the MTB as yet another ‘skateboard passing fad’, and then looked to prohibit them because they were just leg-powered ‘scramblers’ mainly used by undesirables. Yet once the level of use had boomed beyond anything foreseen…

Read More Read More

A Bit Cheeky?

A Bit Cheeky?

The cycling charity SUSTRANS seems to be a bit ‘Marmite‘. That’s not because Tesco threatened to take it off the shelves, but rather that a lot of people think it is the best thing since (or, indeed, on) sliced bread, and not a few don’t. Readers might be interested to see SUSTRANS’ take on public rights of way. Apparently this BOAT is not a public right of way, rather it is a negotiated concession by the kind permission of the…

Read More Read More

A Summary of Problems

A Summary of Problems

BBT Journey for Access 2016 (256 miles from Dartmoor to the New Forest) Summary of Problems Reported to Highway Authorities The weather this summer has been exceptionally good for the growth of vegetation. Unfortunately this has meant that many rights of way have suffered from excessive growth of grass, weeds and overhanging branches, and in many cases especially where the routes have been fenced off, not grazed and not used enough, almost total obstruction. I wrote a total of 9…

Read More Read More

Some Things Never Change …

Some Things Never Change …

Old Roads. (from The South Country by Edward Thomas 1909) Up here in the rain it utters the pathos of the old roads behind, wiped out as if writ in water, or worn deep and then deserted and surviving only as tunnels under the hazels. I wish they could always be as accessible as churches are, and not handed over to landowners—like Sandisbury Lane near Petersfield—because straight new roads have taken their places for the purposes of tradesmen and carriage…

Read More Read More

No Barrier Causes Railing

No Barrier Causes Railing

Local Government Ombudsman Decision. Complaint reference: 15 016 097. 6 June 2016. Available on the LGO website here. This Local Government Ombudsman decision arose from a complaint by Mrs X against Essex County Council alleging failure by the council in four areas. Two of particular interest are that the council: (1) failed to install signs to mark where the right of way which runs through her land changes from an adopted road to a restricted byway; (2) required her to…

Read More Read More

A Shropshire Ride

A Shropshire Ride

A Shropshire Ride by Bob Milton For the first time the old fogey’s brigade decided to drive past the Cotswolds and onto Shropshire for our annual riding holiday. Our old friends Nick and his wife Charlotte had recently moved to the far reaches of England to the the area around The Longmynd in Shropshire so we thought we would try with their help that area. There seemed to be lots of riding routes which were published as part of the…

Read More Read More

JfA 2016 Day 16: End of Journey

JfA 2016 Day 16: End of Journey

Burley We had a beautiful last ride over the Forest to Burley, ably led by Sally-Anne Pierson.   The Forest is beyond the imagination of most people who haven’t been there – do plan your own long ride to make the most of it. You can just make us out on this photo, strung across the crest of the closest hill. Journey’s end with Sally-Anne Pierson and Suzanne Kempe who kindly guided us across the Forest The originals, Venetia Craggs and…

Read More Read More

JfA 2016 Day ??

JfA 2016 Day ??

Some have been following this blog daily and may be wondering if The Intrepid Journeyers dropped off the Jurassic cliffs that were featured so dramatically last week. No, they are all safe and reached the New Forest with due acclaim but sadly have been in the blackest of the black hole of broadband and mobile cover which has covered the majority of the Journey.   More details if they ever find data coverage …