Drop-in session gives Askrigg residents chance to see common land registers

By Betsy Everett

Residents of Askrigg will have chance to view maps and registers relating to common land and the village green at a special drop-in session at the parish office in Market Square tomorrow from 10.30am-4pm.

North Yorkshire County Council, which is the commons registration authority for the area, is reviewing the registers which have remained unchanged since they were compiled in 1965.

A spokesman for the county said Askrigg has more than 100 “common right holders” registered. The registers show who has rights to graze animals or collect items such as peat, stone and wood from the designated commons, moors and village greens and the maps show where those commons and greens are.
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“We felt it would be helpful to go to the village with all our public documents and hold this drop-in session rather than individuals having to make the journey from Askrigg to county hall,” he said.

Jayne Applegarth from the commons registration department will be in the office to help anyone with viewing the map and registers and to answer questions about how they can go about amending the register.

She will bring maps and registers for the following areas:

Common Land Units: CL32 Askrigg Common and Quarries; CL91 Woodhall Greets and CL244 Part of the River Ure. Village Green Units: VG55 Moor Road Green and Thornsgill Green, VG56 Nappa Scarr Green, VG57 Newbiggin Green and VG 160 Market Place.