The failure of successive governments to place on the register all public rights of access to our beaches is a ticking time bomb. There are a lot of unregistered public rights of way in
There is a procedure in the Anguilla Roads Act to declare public roads.
There is a procedure in the Registered Land Act to register public roads for the avoidance of doubt.
There is a procedure in the Land Acquisition Act for government to take over private land and make it a public road even against the wishes of the landowner, paying compensation as is usual.
There was a procedure that existed in 1974, under the now-abolished Land Adjudication Act, for government to claim the public roads and accesses. Back then, government could have had all existing public rights of way registered under the land adjudication process that was under way at the time. Instead, they took the cowardly way, and ducked their responsibility. The government was afraid that it would become unpopular if it claimed public roads or footpaths over otherwise private land. So, they decided only to claim the most obvious public roads, not those that might be controversial. Ninety percent of the public rights of way in
That is the situation that the public users of the beaches of
I feel bad for the children. They will never be able to enjoy the rights that we once had.