I had been invited to do a live interview for the Open Spaces Society on BCB Radio* which covers Bradford. I realised we would be talking about commons, greens and paths, so I checked out Bradford Council’s website.
There are some terrific commons in Bradford’s territory and many of them are ‘urban’ commons, ie in a former metropolitan district. This means that there is a right to walk and ride there. Examples are Ilkley Moor, Baildon Moor, Black Moor, Brow Moor, Haworth Moor and parts of Keighley Moor.
Considering that Bradford has had such a long association with commons I was dismayed to find that the council’s website page about common land is more than 10 years out of date. It still refers to the need to obtain consent for works on common land under section 194 of the Law of Property Act 1925. That was superseded by section 38 of the Commons Act 2006 on 1 October 2007.
It also says that section 68 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 permits the grant of statutory easements for vehicular access over land where it is currently an offence to drive a vehicle. That was repealed by the Commons Act 2006 on 1 October 2006, following a House of Lords judgment which nullified the provision.
I have told the council of its errors and suggested that, if it joins the Open Spaces Society, the society will help it to get its website right.
*You can listen to the interview here at 49 mins, 30 secs.