The Federation opposes MOD's latest attempt to deregister Hilton, Murton, Burton and Warcop Fells
Last week Cumbria County Council sent out the applications from the Ministry of Defence to de-register Hilton, Murton, Burton and Fells.
This is a rather long, complex, confusing and tortuous story. In essence the MOD are saying that because all the commons rights were extinguished by a Vesting deed on 31st March 2003 the land ceased to be common land and they want it to be removed from the Register.
This goes against the undertaking they made in 2003 when they agreed that the land at Hilton, Murton and Warcop Fell would be re-instated as a common if Warcop Training Area ever ceased to be used for military training. A mechanism was put in place to facilitate this through two undertakings.
Since then the Commons Act 2006 was passed and the MOD became concerned that the new Act could interfere with their control over the common. In the summer of 2012 they consulted on a new proposal to cancel the 2003 undertakings not to de-register the land as common land. Instead they proposed that if Warcop Training Area became surplus,the MOD would, immediately prior to the disposal of Warcop Training Area, create a small number of limited Common Rights. You can read the consultation documents here.
If you wish to comment on this application you must do so by 22 May 2017. You can find all the details of how to go about this here