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commons

1. people not of noble birth viewed as forming a political order
2. the lower classes as contrasted to the ruling classes of society; the commonalty
3. Brit a building or hall for dining, recreation, etc., usually attached to a college
4. Brit food or rations (esp in the phrase short commons)
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On learning of the auction, the city council sought legal advice, and the Mayor Councillor, Colin Hardie, said the council's understanding was that none of the parties had a right to sell off the land, which had been recognised as common land for generations.
The society campaigns to protect common land, village greens, open spaces and public paths.
Across Yorkshire and the North East nearly four million acres of land is designated as common land - that's 8% of our total farmed area - so the impact of these delays is really being felt in our part of the world.
Our fathers and freemen of the city of Coventry would turn in their graves to think that the common land that they entrusted to Coventry Council is being sold off or rented out.
I'm sure that once the council finally get around to registering it as common land then their work and negotiations with local people on the way forward can commence in earnest.
EAST Lothian Council holds in trust for the people of Musselburgh the common land on which stands the Old Golf Course.
All of these are common land and water forms that you will find on maps.
Soil erosion has in large part been caused by the cutting down of trees on hillsides and common land," says Paul French, author of the 2004 book North Korea: The Paranoid Peninsula.
Angry Denis Kidd is refusing to pay Mark Roberts pounds 20,000 to use common land on his 60-acre farm.
Protester Kenneth Wilson, from nearby Coylton, wants a private Act of Parliament to make building on the common land illegal.
The common land application presented by renewable-energy firm RWE Innogy has been granted and the construction and operation of a new 16-turbine windfarm can now get underway.
The decision has been welcomed by the Open Spaces Society, a pressure group for common land.