On Monday, in article
"David G. Bell" wrote:
> On Sunday, in article
> email@example.com "tomtom" wrote:
> > The DEFRA Single Payment Scheme being paid to farmers EXCLUDES all
> > motorsport
> > ie NOT a motor powered vehicle anywhere on farmland. And YES that can
> > include their own vehicles!
> > Typical replies that I should have expected.
> > There are over 7000 events each year on farmland from motorcycle trials to
> > 4x4 events, these will all go.
> > Events are already being cancelled, dont say I did not warn you.
> > I tried to keep the posting as brief as possible.
> It might be worth starting some discussion of this on
> uk.business.agriculture -- the regulars there are pretty well-informed,
> though you might not get much sympathy if you express certainty on scant
> Certainly, they're not biased in favour of DEFRA. Anything but.
Further info, having just received another update on the rules, and
pointing out where you may have leapt to a conclusion:
1: The rules given in the SPS Handbook and Guidance for England 2005
Suppement (April 2005 Update) state that motorsport is _not_ an
2: On the facing page it is stated, in bold print: "In all cases the
restrictions only apply during the ten month period when the land is
required to be at the farmer's disposal."
3: Car _parking_ is explicitly not motorsport. The rules state that
there is a 28-day limit on car parking, and it can be associated with
4: There is considerable wiggle room in the definitions. You may be
able to argue that some motorsport events are permissible. Equally, it
may only be the actual "track" area which is excluded. It is stated
that the list given is an "indication".
So, there will still be a two-month block of the year when farmland can
be used for off-road motorsport, such as trials driving, without
affecting SPS entitlement. This block is chosen by the farmer.
Within the other ten months, there can be car parking for up to 28 days.
If the motorsport area is fenced off as a seperate field, that car
parking is not a problem (It is explicitly stated that the "caravan
site" use need not affect a whole field, which implies other uses do,
but on the next page it's stated that any loss of entitlement only
covers the affected area.).
Certain sorts of motorsport may be permitted, if the farmer asks, and, I
assume, there is evidence that the effects are comparable with permitted
events. As there is a "Festivals and Events" category, you could argue
that you're having less effect on agricultural use than the Glastonbury
Festival, though that's probably outside the ten month block.
By analogy with the permitted uses, trials driving seems a possibility,
if not actual racing. With some care, there might not be any problem.
My recollection is that the old system would have had similar effects.
Certainly, when set-aside came in, car parking was not permitted at all.
And set-aside land is still differently restricted.
DEFRA and the RPA are _still_ trying to sort out what the system is.
This part of the system _will_ be reviewed.
David G. Bell -- SF Fan, Filker, and Punslinger.
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