We've now held three well attended meetings for the Chairmen and members of local commoners' associations about commons councils, their functiond and roles, what we need to do to establish one and how much it might cost to run a council.
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You can read the presentation given at these meetings by clicking on the link below.
A considerable number of chairmen of commoners’ associations all over Cumbria and Northumberland are showing an interest in starting a commons council. As a result we are planning a series of meetings to explain more about what a commons council can and can't do, hear the view of commoners and gauge whether there is sufficient interest to take this further.
Brexit is a game changer for agriculture. The government of the United Kingdom will have to develop its own policy towards farming and rural land use to replace the Common Agricultural Policy. If commoning is to remain viable in this post-Brexit world, then commoners need to have a voice in the design of new agricultural policy and systems of payment. We believe a commons council for Cumbria is now more necessary than ever. It will give us better chance of getting heard and help us maintain the commons and promote good standards of livestock husbandry.
In late May we submitted an extensive proposal to the Secretary of State to set up a Commons Council for Cumbria.We are asking the Secretary of State to allow Cumbria to establish a Commons Council by order made under Section 27 of the 2006 Commons Act. If the Secretary of State is convinced that we have demonstrated prima facie (evidence sufficient to prove a particular proposition) substantial support for a commons council in Cumbria, then there are still a number of steps to achieve as follows:
The April Edition of the Cumbria Farmer published an article about the thinking behind setting up a Commons Council for Cumbria and why the Federation of Cumbria Commoners is working with Defra and Natural England to set up a single management system for commons.
Below is the text of the article - you can also download the published article
Does your commoners association want to join a Cumbria Commons Council?
Recently we have sent letters to the Chairmen/ Secretaries of commoners associations who have not yet made a commitment to be part of a Commons Council. We want to encourage them to take part. You can download and read a copy of the letter by clicking below.
The Federation has got funding to take the commons council forward
Many of you will know that this has been a long road with slow progress at times but we now have Defra support and a fresh momentum for taking things to the next stage – and we need your help to create a Commons Council for Cumbria.
Many of you took part in the consultation earlier this year on how a proposed Cumbria Commons Council would work - its functions, rules and costs. These proposals can be found below.
Commoners and landowners from 15 of the largest commons have voted by a substantial majority for a council with the powers to make legally binding rules on all those using the common for agricultural purposes. This will help improve the grazing and vegetation management on their common.