The report states: "In light of the user and documentary evidence submitted, it appears that, public vehicular rights have been reasonably alleged to exist over alleged byway open to all traffic
Their rights of way adviser, Andy Dunlop, said the couple had been saying for nine years that the track should never have been classed as a 'byway open to all traffic
.' Mr Dunlop said the council had so far spent an estimated PS50,000 on the case and would be spending many more thousands as the case is now expected to go to public inquiry.
The report states: "In light of the user and documentary evidence submitted, it appears that public vehicular rights have been reasonably alleged to exist over alleged byway open to all traffic
It was designated a byway open to all traffic
(BOAT) around 18 months ago.
The council says the track, which goes through the centre of the farmyard, is classed as a "byway open to all traffic
" and is listed as such on the Definitive Map.
After objections were made an independent inspector appointed by the Government decided that the route was a Byway Open to All Traffic
- including motor vehicles and in June last year the route again became available for all traffic.
The BOAT in question is an acronym for a "Byway Open to All Traffic
" and if you think that these are no concern of yours you may well have to think again if the new "project" of the Countryside Agency comes to fruition.
The lane up Castle Hill Side is a byway open to all traffic
At the moment, if it can be shown that a route was once used by a wheeled vehicle ( even a horse and cart ( it must be classified as a byway open to all traffic
, a BOAT.
Some 823 people signed a petition asking for the lane to be redesignated from a byway open to all traffic
to a public footpath or bridleway.
Dr Alison Westman moved into her Stocksfield home three years ago, only to be told by Northumberland council chiefs this year that they were looking into the possibility of a Byway Open to All Traffic
(BOAT) right next to her house.
Hence the status of the carriageways will be Byway Open to All Traffic