Originally Posted by max bygraves
Max Bygrave posted this on another thread so I suggested to him that he should consider putting the video on YouTube so as to clear up any misunderstanding. This was his reply to me.
[HTML]Sorry, I probably came across a bit harsh on my response to you on this. I have two videos one of the origional meeting on the river Feb 24th and another in April. These were not taken out of spite or malice and when I took the second video I didn't even know this forum existed? They were purely to identify the individual concerned and have only been shown to our club committee. I did not want to release the videos on You Tube publicly as I just wanted to put an end to all this malice and clear my name, which I'm sure you'll agree is not very popular on this site? I admit to stating that I may have mentioned something about the NRA? But I strongly disagree with the sentiment that I would not tell him who owned the Sporting Rights, the videos are the only proof of what was said? There are KAC signs all over that stretch? But this is where all this started.
I have copies of the deeds for the river and as you rightly point out it does not state anything about controlling the navigation? But then again why would they? They do however state terms such as "fee simple", "Several Fishery" and "without incumberance". So the way I see it. If there is no PRN and no historical information to suggest it has "ever" been used as a Navigation, no 20 year right of usage or ancient usage as can be seen on our website: www.keighleyanglingclub.co.uk The river is not controlled by the EA or the Rivers Trust and is in fact under private ownership. I'm sure you know about land ownership so I'll skip that part and move on to Riparian owners rivers etc. Whoever owns the land under the river or "river bed" has Riparian rights to the river and can exercise those rights to fish or navigate. They also have the right to prevent others from using the river for gravel extraction or fishing and navigational purposes,(subject to the above conditions PRN etc being met).
This is the law as it stands today.