Hill farmer accused of landmanagement breach

Date: Friday 16th February 2018

A HILL farmer is being prosecuted by Natural England for failing to comply with a management notice on land designated as a site of special scientific interest.

William Sidney Potter (78), Stonygill Farm, Greenholme, Shap, appeared at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, but entered no plea to the charge of failing to comply with a management notice on or before 28th November last year, at Birkbeck.

The charge states that the area of land, of which Potter is the owner/occupier, falls within a site of special scientific interest and is subject to a management notice served under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act.

He is alleged to have failed, without reasonable excuse, to comply within the time allowed with the requirements of the notice, which covered grazing; changes in the grazing regime; stock feeding; the introduction of stock feeding; changes to stock feeding practices; and the use of vehicles likely to damage or disturb the fauna and flora.

The case was adjourned until 9th April for a hearing in front of District Judge Gerald Chalk.