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Take advantage of this one day course specifically designed to help clerks and chairmen of rural parish and town councils. Leave yourself better placed to deal effectively with the management of Common land. The course explains the historical background, legislation, duties and procedures involved with the management of these open space areas.

Who should attend?

  • All town, parish or community clerks and those involved with or would like to know more about Common Land and Village Greens.
  • A great course for new clerks in post or a refresher course.

 Course outline:

  • The historical context.
  • Types of Common and Rights of Commoners.
  • Ownership of Common land and establishing title.
  • Can new registered Common land be created?
  • The Commons Act 2006 in context.
  • Management of Common land.
  • Is ownership a prerequisite to management.
  • Carrying out works on Common land.
  • The role of DEFRA and the Planning inspectorate.
  • Enforcement against unauthorised works.
  • Can Common land be de-registered?
  • Exchange of land - criteria and procedure.

1000 - 1630*
* This is a one day course. Exact timings will be confirmed when you receive your joining instructions.

About the trainer:

Roger Taylor is the Senior Partner of Hedleys Solicitors, a firm based in Surrey which has an extensive practice dealing with Parish and Town Councils in England. He lectures on subjects such as Common Land, Village Greens and Charitable Trusts for the SLCC and on other matters relating to the practice and procedure of Parish and Town Councils for a number of County Associations.



Delegate Fees:

If your clerk attends, subsequent bookings for the same course from members of the council may attend at the member rate.

There is not just value in your investment in attending the training course, but these are also great opportunities to network with like-minded individuals and make new contacts.


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*Joining instructions will be sent to you 3 weeks before the event and your invoice will be sent 5 days after the event. We advise that, on receipt of the joining instructions, you are liable for any fees incurred in order to attend the event.

At a similar time you will also be sent a delegate list and joining instructions detailing the venue, parking, trainer and any other details relevant to the course. It is advised not to book your travel until the course is confirmed and you have received your joining instructions.

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If you have any questions, please contact us through our contact form.

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