Fighting on for access

1 May 1998

Fighting on for access

FARM hauliers Tim and Verian Gaden and their son, Thomas, claim they are facing business ruin after a court ruled they must keep their trucks off a country lane in the Cotswolds.

The family, from Broadwell near Stow-on-the-Wold, Glos, said the county court ruling will have far reaching implications for farm businesses all over the country which use agricultural land for storage.

The court in Gloucester upheld claims by neighbouring landowner Kathleen Loder that the Gadens had no right to operate straw and hay trucks on the narrow track passing her home.

The court ruled that the lane was a private right of way for agricultural use and that lorries could only be used for transporting livestock from the farms beef and sheep enterprises.

Now the Gaden family, who have operated the hay and straw business from their land at Sydenham Meadows, Broadwell, for 25 years, have already spent more than £10,000 fighting the case. But they vow to go on fighting and aim to challenge the ruling in the Court of Appeal in London. &#42

Verian Gaden and son, Thomas, face ruin after a neighbour won a court battle to prevent them using trucks on an access lane outside their home.

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