Section 31.6 Highways Act 1980 Register
Register of Statements and Statutory Declarations relating to Public Rights of Way within West Berkshire
Section 31.6 Highways Act 1980 enables landowners to lodge a Statement and Map with their local Surveying Authority (e.g. West Berkshire Council) acknowledging the public rights of way that exist on their land. This may be followed by Statutory Declarations (i.e. witnessed by a qualified solicitor, Commissioner for Oaths or a Justice of the Peace) at intervals of less than ten years, stating that no further public rights of way have been dedicated. This may then serve as evidence that a landowner has not intended to dedicate any further public rights of way in the intervening period.
A text register of this documentation is available by clicking on the link in the Downloads section on the right hand side of this page. The plan showing all land affected by section 31(6) deposits is available by clicking on 'Digital Map Showing Rights of Way' in the Links section on the right hand side of this webpage (check that the 's31-6 Highways Act 1980' box is ticked) . Once on that webpage, click on the 'Show Information' circle immediately above the map and then click on an area hatched in blue on the map to see a reference number. Click on this reference number to display the text register to see further information.
General guidance notes on making section 31.6 Highways Act 1980 deposits are available by clicking on the link on the right hand side of this page, but anyone seeking to make any such deposits is also advised to seek independent legal advice.
An A4 overview plan is also available by clicking on the relevant item on the right hand side of this page. It shows all of West Berkshire and the areas within it that are subject to section 31.6 Highways Act 1980 deposits.