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Deposits made under section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980 and section 15(A) of the Commons Act 2006.

Under Section 31(6) of the Highways Act 1980, landowners can deposit a statement and map acknowledging which ways across their land (if any) they admit to having been dedicated as highways. Landowners may then, within 20 years (or 10 years for applications received before the 1st October 2013) of the deposit of the statement and map (and within subsequent periods of 20 years from each previous deposit), lodge a formal declaration to the effect that no additional way (other than any specifically indicated in the declaration) over the land delineated on the map has been dedicated as a highway since the date of the initial or previous (as the case may be) deposit. In the absence of proof of a contrary intention, a declaration will be sufficient evidence to negative the intention of the owner or their successors in title to dedicate any such additional way as a hightway. This process has no effect on the existence of public rights of way shown on the definitive map or otherwise shown to carry public rights, including by deemed dedication by virtue of 20 years use before the statement was deposited.

Section 15A of the Commons Act 2006 prescribes a mechanism by which a landowner may deposit a statement accompanied with a map with a commons registration authority in order to protect their land from registration as a town or village green.

On the website there is a register of landowner statemens and declarations under S31(6) and S15A with Wiltshire Council.

View the register of S31 deposits prior to 1st October 2001 (PDF - opens new windows)

For Further Information Please ring the Public Rights of Way Section on 01225 713048, or email rightsofway@wiltshire.gov.uk



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