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One hundred hectares reclaimed to keep St Just's ancient monuments safe

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: November 11, 2013

By Josh Barrie

  • Carn Kenidjack near St Just has been reclaimed as common land.

  • Carn Kenidjack - photo by Ian McNeil Cooke

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ONE HUNDRED hectares (247 acres) of land north of St Just has been registered as common following a successful application involving a west Penwith environmental pressure group.

The Open Spaces Society says Carn Kenidjack, which spans Carnyorth, Botallack and Truthwall Commons, has been reclaimed for the public, using legislation pioneered in Cornwall, after being omitted from the list 40 years ago.

The society said it was happy with the result, which came about after it joined forces with local campaign group Save Penwith Moors (SPM).

Kate Ashbrook, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, paid tribute to SPM in the wake of the decision, made by the authorities at the end of last month.

"We urge everyone with an interest in common land to follow the excellent example of Save Penwith Moors," she said.

"They should research whether there's land in Cornwall and the other pioneer areas which was wrongly omitted from registration 40 years ago, and which is eligible for registration now.

"The Open Spaces Society can help with the process."

David Coles of SPM said: "We're delighted to have returned this land to the commons register, from which it was wrongly omitted 40 years ago.

"This will ensure the public's rights to use and enjoy it are safeguarded for all time and that the land has additional protection from development, since any works here will need the consent of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in addition to any planning permission."

Ian McNeil Cooke, also a member of SPM, said he was also happy at news that the registration had been approved, but said it had been tough to see the process through to the finish.

"It's been a hard fight," he said. "It's taken a lot of work, but I'm pleased with the result. It's a long-term thing for the future; it gives accountability."

The area, which includes stone circles, holed stones and Bronze Age field systems, is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, and is being surveyed by Natural England as a potential Site of Special Scientific Interest.

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