HC Deb 31 March 1971 vol 814 c378W
111. Mr. David James

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment whether he will take steps to provide statutory protection for hedgerows abutting public rights of way, footpaths and bridlepaths, in view of the danger of extinguishment of ancient rights which are ploughed up and not reinstated.

Mr. Michael Heseltine

No. Local authorities already have powers under the Highways Act, 1959, to take action where public rights of way are ploughed up and not reinstated.

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