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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.

National (West Yorkshire based)

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Old road 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, and the Planning Inspectorate, 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 has, fortunately, been abandoned due to vigorous campaigning. But it could come back under another name. So, to save our green lanes/minor roads 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 and Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 s.53).

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! It's risky and expensive. Please donate and spread the word around your group. I can't do it on my own. Thanks

Susan

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  • susan taylor1 year ago
    susan taylor

    susan taylor

    1 year ago

    Thank you lovely donors..fund is now nearly £6k & all donations will help lever out essential £s from user groups pledged to back me .I can't do this alone so your donations....and indeed your messages of encouragement...are vital to stopping this iniquitous unlawful government wrongdoing which continues to rob equestrians of access to ancient "horse & cart" highways (cross roads).If you have a group can you please run an event to boost this fund?There's time as I haven't yet got "the case" to challenge yet from a PI. I'll post when I have. S

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  • susan taylor2 years ago
    susan taylor

    susan taylor

    2 years 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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Page last updated on: 11/27/2022 20.12

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 27, 2022

    £20.00

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    Nov 16, 2022

    May the force be with you…

    £40.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 14, 2022

    Hope this is successful.

    £50.00

  • Andy Bird

    Andy Bird

    Nov 13, 2022

    Amazing work here holding those who should represent the people to account

    £20.00

  • Caroline Warren

    Caroline Warren

    Nov 13, 2022

    £100.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 12, 2022

    £20.00

  • Ann Finn

    Ann Finn

    May 31, 2022

    Keep up the great work

    £20.00

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susan taylor

susan taylor

National (West Yorkshire based)

Member BHS, Open Spaces Socy, Moorlands Rdg Gp Cycling UK National Fed of Bridleways Ass, Trails Trust Past: BW Researcher : South Pennine Packhorse Trails Trust Access Com : British Driving Society Bridleways Off : Calderdale Saddle Club Author "What is a Cross Road?" 1997

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