Weʼre raising £20,000 to stop Defra breaking the law causing horse and cycle routes to be lost forever! I want to stop this shocking practice with High Court action.
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Old maps showing bridleways and byways - called 'cross roads' in the 19th century - are often ignored by Defra's Inspectors when weighing evidence to reach decisions whether or not to upgrade wrongly labelled footpaths to bridleway or byway status - or add an unrecorded route.
A highways barrister confirms Defra breaks the law every time they ignore this evidence put to a Public Inquiry. And Council highway departments often do the same to avoid recording the truth to evade repair bills.
But six High Court Judges have ruled that a 'cross road' on an old map by Greenwood, Bryant, and many others, is a public carriage road which must be open to equestrians and cyclists - a public right of way now called a 'restricted byway'. The law says these rulings are binding and must be followed. But that is not always happening and Definitive Map Modification claims are being routinely lost so the public with horses, horse drawn vehicles and bikes continue to be denied their rightful legal access to our ancient and precious public highways.
The 2026 "cut-off" date - when the Definitive Map will be closed to corrections - is fast approaching. After 1 January 2026 all public rights of way not claimed/properly recorded will be extinguished forever. We must no let this happen. So I am prepared to mount a Judicial Review and ask a High Court Judge to order Defra to stop this iniquitous practice and do its job properly - according to law (Highways Act 1980 s.32).
I've got the evidence, the passion and the time - and now a hugely positive barrister's "opinion" of my chances of success. But I need your help with the funding. Legal fees are high! I've got the best deal but it's risky and expensive. Please donate and spread the word around your group. Thanks
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susan taylor1 month ago
Hello Donors Grateful for your faith in me to challenge Defra's wrongdoing on CROSS ROADS in ct.Just passed £3,000 given by 107 supporters on justgiving.FABULOUS! With cheques from bridleway groups the fund is now at £5,240. Because of your support 4 national access/user groups have confirmed in principle that they will support me financially when my barrister approves a winnable Cross Rd case which comes thru the PINS inquiry pipeline.Thanks to HAC UK and The Trails Trust facebook pages for publicity..Keep watching 4 more posts/updates. Susan
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Jun 21, 2021
You are doing a great job. Keep pestering them!!
Jun 9, 2021
Jun 8, 2021
well done. So much more needs to be done to save our rights of way
Jun 5, 2021
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So well done, keep going strong!
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Member : BHS, Open Spaces Socy, Moorlands Riding Gp Cycling UK National Fed of Bridleways Ass Past: BW Researcher : South Pennine Packhorse Trails Trust Access Com : British Driving Society Bridleways Officer : Calderdale Saddle Club Author "What is a Cross Road?" 1997