§ Mr. EDE
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will give, by counties, a list of the common lands and manorial wastes to which the public have been given, since, 31st October, 1920, right of air and exercise under the Law of Property Act, 1925, stating in each case the parish in which the common is situated, the acreage of the land, and the name of the person executing the deed?
§ Dr. ADDISON
The particulars which my hon. Friend requires as regards gifts of such rights since 31st October, 1930, are shown in the following statement:2651W
§ Mr. EDE
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will give, by counties, a list showing the acreage of common lands and manorial wastes to which the public have been given, since the passing of the Law of Property Act, 1925, rights of air and exercise under that Act, and showing those counties in which no action under the Act has been taken in this matter?
§ Dr. ADDISON
Section 193 of the Law of Property Act, 1925, gave to the public rights of access for air and exercise to all metropolitan commons and to all commons and manorial wastes wholly or partly situated in boroughs or urban districts. The Ministry has no information as to the acreage of such lands. As regards other lands subject to common rights, the owner of the soil was enabled by Section 193 to apply the section to such lands by means of a deed of declaration deposited with the Ministry. The total area of lands in respect of which such deeds have been deposited is 17,809 acres, comprised in the following counties:
Name of County. Acres. Berks. … 1,042 Bucks. … 44 Cambs. (and Isle of Ely) … 48 Derby … 40 Devon … 5,745 Essex … 50 Gloucester … 983 Hants. … 1,872 Herts. … 189 Hereford (and Worcester) … 22 Kent … 388 Oxford … 24 Salop … 17 Somerset … 98 Surrey … 6,726 Sussex … 43 Warwick … 178 Yorks. (N.R.) … 3 Yorks. (W.R.) … 31 Glamorgan … 206 Monmouth … 60 Total … 17,809
No deeds have been deposited in respect of lands in the following counties:
Beds. Soke of Peterborough. Cheshire. Cornwall. Staffs. Cumberland. Suffolk. Dorset. Westmorland. Durham. Wilts. Hunts. Yorks. (E.R.). Isle of Wight. Anglesey. Isles of Scilly. Brecon. Lancashire. Cardigan. Leicestershire. Carmarthen. Lincolnshire. Caernarvon. Middlesex. Denbigh. Norfolk. Flint. Northants. Merioneth. Northumberland. Montgomery. Notts. Pembroke. Rutland. Radnor.
§ Mr. EDE
asked the Minister of Agriculture if he will give a list of the commons in respect of which applications have been made since 31st October, 1930, including also those in respect of which an application was under consideration by him on that date, for sanction under the Law of Property Act, 1925, Section 194, to make an enclosure or to carry out works whereby access to the common will be prevented or impeded, specifying in each case whether a public inquiry has been held, the area of land affected, the purpose for which it was proposed to enclose or interfere with the access to the land, the area, if any, of the land thrown into the common in lieu of the land affected, the result of the application, and the reason, in any case where his consent has been given without an area being thrown into the common at least equal to the land enclosed, for not requiring this course to be followed?
§ Dr. ADDISON
The particulars which my hon. Friend requires as to applications under Section 194 of the Law of Property Act, 1925, under consideration on and received since 30th October, 1930, are as follow:2653W
Name of common. Approximate total area of common. County. Whether a Public Inquiry was held. Area of land affected. Purpose for which it was proposed to erect fence or building, etc. Area of land thrown into common in lieu of that affected. Result of application. Reason for not requiring an equivalent area to be added to the common. Toddingto Green acres. 1¼ Beds. No 85½ sq. yards Electrical transformer substation. — Not proceeded with. — Black Mountain 7,000 Carmarthen — 2r. 17p Erection of house and garden. — Under consideration. — Lydlinch 67 Dorset No 2 acres Laying water mains. None Consent given. No material interference with public access, as surface to be restored when pipes laid. Common land at Portland. 142 Dorset No 551 sq. ft. (in six separate inclosures). Erection of huts. None Consent given. No material interference with public access. Reforne (Portland) Small strip of roadside waste. Dorset No 5 perches 2 petrol pumps and stand for cars. None Consent given. No material interference with public access. Prestatyn Small strip of roadside waste. Flint No 80 sq. yards Erection of bungalow. None Consent given. No material interference with public access. Gelligaer 5,552 Glamorgan No 6 acres Recreation ground. None Consent given. Condition that land shall revert to common on ceasing to be used for recreation. Slab 300 Hampshire — 15 acres Addition to golf course. — Under consideration. — Milford Green ¾ Hampshire No 146 sq. yards Motor car park None Consent given. No material interference with public access. Kinsbourne Green 50 Hertfordshire Yes 75 sq. yards Extension of chapel and school. None Consent given. No material interference with public access. Horsforth 12 Yorkshire (W.R.) — 7½ acres For aerodrome — Under consideration. —