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Proposal to erect stock-proof fencing around Padworth Common
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Start: Sep 27, 2011 End: Oct 19, 2011 Results Published: Jan 27, 2012 
Subject: Environment, General Interest, Consultation Reference Number: 582


We are proposing to fence the common for the sole purpose of containing livestock intended for use as conservation grazers.


Using livestock to graze sites of conservation concern is a widely used management tool. When used in conjunction with manual scrub cutting it can be of immense benefit to heathland sites in particular, this has been proven by grazing projects throughout the UK and in Europe.

The Council is proposing to graze a small number of cattle and ponies on Padworth Common to achieve our conservation aims.

As the Common is largely unenclosed, especially near adjacent properties and main roads then stock fencing is a necessity. Under the Commons Act 2006, such fencing is considered 'works' and is subject to a formal consent process under s38. The following website is useful in providing further information

Purpose - or why are we consulting on this?

We have been undertaking a period of informal consultation, prior to implementing the statutory process, as part of our application to carry out 'works' under s.38 of the Act. The user group and residents meeting which we held on the 31st of July 2011 was very well attended and proved useful to us in establishing the concerns of the main interests in attendance. We hope to address some of these concerns in our application.
We now have enough information to make an application, this is subject to a statutory notice and consultation period. Everyone who attended the public meeting, made a representation in writing, local parish council clerks and those organisations we are statutorily bound to consult with will receive a letter and copy of the notice advertising the period of consultation, and details on how to lodge a representation, at the appropriate time. Notices will also be available to view in the Newbury Weekly News, Reading Chronicle and at the entrances onto the Common itself. Copies of the application itself can be viewed at the Council Offices at Market Street, please ask for Ken Bowman, and at Mortimer and Newbury libraries.
For further details please view the application to fence Padworth Common document available to download at http://www.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=23546. Any objections or representations should be submitted in writing ON or BEFORE 19th October 2011 to The Planning Inspectorate, Room 4/05 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

Further Details:

Department: Countryside and Waste Management

Contact Information:

Sarah McWilliam
Countryside Ranger
Email: smcwilliam@westberks.gov.uk
Phone: (01635) 580792