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A spiteful act

April 26, 2013

This is disgusting news.


The guillotine has dropped.  Today the government’s spiteful Growth and Infrastructure Act came into force, sweeping away the opportunity to register land as a village green in England when that land is earmarked for development.

Not only does the act change the law which enables people to record their rights to enjoy local spaces, but it also strikes at the heart of prescription, the ancient right whereby an activity enjoyed for 20 years without force, secrecy or permission, acquires the sanction of law.

Even worse
Despite the strenuous efforts of the Open Spaces Society and others, the act is even worse than the original bill.  The government, having claimed that the new measures would not affect existing greens-law, then backed amendments which do just that, making it harder to register any qualifying land.  These amendments were introduced at a late stage of the bill in the House of Lords, when they should have been included at…

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