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Commons Councils

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Commons Councils provide a mechanism which allows for effective management of agriculture on common land.

Not all mechanisms for managing agricultural activity on commons are as effective as they could be. This has led to disputes and the mis-management of common land. Although Commons Associations are usually capable of solving such problems they are not a legal entity. Commons Councils are statutory bodies who represent legal interests and consist of members who are elected by commoners and land owners. However, they can only be set up through local support as they are not compulsory and cannot be imposed by Government.  Those with support to form a Commons Council also require an order from the Welsh Ministers to set them up.

Part 2 of the Commons Act 2006 (external link) makes provisions for establishing Commons Councils, but this part of the Act has yet to be introduced in Wales.