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We have 52 properties on our private estate, each property

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We have 52 properties on our private estate, each property owner at the time of purchase also purchases shares in the limited company that we manage the estate under. Each property also contributes annually a figure agreed at the AGM in order to maintain the ten acres or so of parkland and estate roads.
There is a pathway through the estate which pedestrians use for pleasure as well as to enjoy the parkland. one day a year on most years we close the gates and only allow those people to enter who have a right to do so, today being one of those days. We have had many complaints from non permitted people who say they have a right to use the path.
We do have permanent signs stating that it is a private estate for residents only and that the gates are liable to closure.
Are we within our rights to refuse entry?
Many thanks
NJ West Sussex
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 3 years ago.
Hello,

Yes, you are within your rights to refuse entry as the public has only been allowed entry with permission previously and as you say, such permission is not granted on some days, such as today, backed up by the signs that the land is private and that the gates are liable to closure.

The people complaining are probably inconvenienced or have taken for granted that they will always be allowed entry but they have to legal basis to complain

Hope this helps
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The public do not have to request entry at all other times during the year, we allow them to use the paths/roads and parkland but we wish to maintain the fact that it is not a public right of way?

Nigel .

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

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The public do not have to request entry at all other times during the year, we allow them to use the paths/roads and parkland but we wish to maintain the fact that it is not a public right of way?


Nigel .


Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 3 years ago.
Yes, the sign board makes it clear that it is private land and that the gates will be liable to closure,,when the gates are not closed, it is assumed that people have permission to enter.

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