Brendon Commons to have the first commons council

The Brendon Commons, in the Devon part of the Exmoor National Park, are to have the first-ever commons council under the Commons Act 2006. The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has decreed that the Brendon Commons Council will come into being on 1 April 2014.

The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ran a consultation during October to gauge the level of support for such a council. The result was that 89 per cent of the 53 respondents supported the proposal for a council. Of the 15 active graziers 75% were in favour. The council is to be established by a parliamentary order and the Secretary of State can only make such an order if there is substantial support for it.

He was satisfied that substantial support has been shown, and the order will be laid before parliament for 21 days and will then come into force on 1 January 2014.

The Federation congratulates all those involved on getting the Brendon Commons Council to this stage.

Our work to establish an umbrella commons council in Cumbria continues. We have a much bigger job on hand as we cover many commons and a large number of people who have legal interest in the land and are likely to be involved in or affected by the commons council.