Law & Land

Fly tipping: time to crack down

In February this year a football ground in Greenford, owned by the London Playing Fields Foundation, was broken into and tonnes of waste dumped on the pitch over a ten-day period, during which time the intruders claimed squatters’ rights and caused over £100,000 of damage. Although the police were called out a number of times they were unable to take enforcement action and the charity had to pursue court action in order to secure their eviction. They were then faced with the unpleasant and expensive task of legally removing the waste.

Rural funding beyond 2019

Recipients of EU funding agreements should have breathed a sigh of relief when a Treasury statement confirmed that all such agreements would continue to be fulfilled after the UK leaves the EU, having previously said that only those agreements signed before the 2016 Autumn Statement would be honoured.

New Code gives telecom operators the upper hand

Mobile technology is one of the fundamental building blocks of the country’s digital infrastructure. At the moment, the relationship between landowners and telecoms operators is governed by a Code originally drawn up in 1984 and which, most commentators agree, has long outlived its usefulness given the huge advances in digital technology in the intervening years.

A profile of Cotswolds Seeds

“The UK is one of best countries in the world for mixed, sustainable farming”, so declared Ian Wilkinson, MD of Cotswold Seeds, who in 2013 had the opportunity to put his money where his mouth is by buying Honeydale Farm at auction.

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