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Greenham and Crookham Common maps

This Freedom of Information request asks for maps of Greenham Common and Crockham Common in relation to public access.

Request for information - Ref No: FOI19913

Request

Thank you for your email of 13/08/2019, requesting information from Ordnance Survey in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000, as set out in the extract below:

“Section 13 of the Greenham and Crookham Commons Act 2002 states:

13 Map of land subject to public access

(1) The Council [West Berkshire District Council, now West Berkshire Council] shall prepare and keep up-to-date a map on a scale not less than 1:5000 showing—
(a) the Common;
(b) any additional open space for the time being designated under section 6 (Designation of additional open space) above; and
(c) any highways over the Common or any additional open space.

(2) The Council shall—
(a) send a copy of the map (and every subsequent revision of the map) to Ordnance Survey; and
(b) make a copy of the map available for inspection by the public at each principal public library in the area of the Council and at such other place or places as the Council may determine.

I hereby request copies of all maps supplied by the Council to Ordnance Survey in accordance with the provisions of the Act. Please note that I have inspected the map held by Newbury Library [the principal public library]. However, this is at a scale of 1:22000, which is insufficient to see the exact boundary of the Common.

I have no preference in the format in which this information is supplied, but it should have sufficient resolution that the detail of the original map is retained

Our response

I confirm that Ordnance Survey does not hold the information you have requested.

Unfortunately, we do not hold any copies of maps or any record of receiving such maps from West Berkshire Council in accordance with the provision of the Act, as set out above in your request.

However, under the duty to provide information and assistance in accordance with section 16 of FOIA, we can provide the following information which may assist you in this matter.

You may wish to contact the National Archives at Kew as they may hold Ordnance Survey Object Name books showing the extent of Greenham and Crookham Common. Contact details can be found on their website

You may also find the Defra Magic website of use:.It is our understanding this website displays Common land.

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Customer Service Centre
Ordnance Survey
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