I have the documents but they are embedded in the email, not attached. Therefore, they are sideways and very difficult to read.
The Search of the Index map is out of focus but I can read it which shows that that piece of land is indeed unregistered.
I don’t know which neighbour it is that is being awkward but he has no more right to access the land than you do.
I don’t know whether you have checked for the Tree Preservation Order with the local authority but you might want to do that now. Don’t just rely on them saying it’s not their land because they don’t have to own the land for there to be a Order on it.
A bit late now with the trees already down.
Been quite frank with you, I cannot see how the neighbour can take you to court for loss of firewood.
The strip of land is almost a ransom strip which prevents you accessing the river and indeed prevents everybody else.
I see your land edged in red on the site plan and I see a large area edged red with Brookside cottages which is much further along.
There is the same strip of land between those cottages and the river and presumably this piece of land has been retained for the same purpose, to prevent access to the river from those cottages.
I’m not certain whether the man is dreaming or whether he’s an idiot but I just can’t see that he has a claim but if he goes to court you are going to have to defend it although I would also ask the court to award substantial costs against him on the basis of his unreasonable behaviour.
Even if there was some kind of right of access over this land, which in my opinion there is not, I can’t see that he has any more right to this wood than you do.
In fact, on a strict interpretation of the law, whoever has the wood has stolen it.
Theft is defined as:
1 the dishonest
2 appropriation of property
3 belonging to another
4 with the intention of permanently depriving.
I am off-line now until mid-afternoon but will be back then.
Thank you for letting me assist you with your legal question. I am glad that I was able to help.
I am not certain whether that answers the question for you or not, but I am happy to answer any specific points arising from this.
It will be my pleasure to help you again either further with this or any future questions you have