As respects any common land1 to which the public have rights of access2, a local authority3 has special powers which are to be exercised in the interests of persons resorting to the land for open-air recreation4. The authority may exercise the powers on land taken out of the common land5 or on other land in the neighbourhood of the common land6. It may acquire compulsorily any land in the neighbourhood of the common land which it requires for the purposes of its functions under these powers7 and which is not common land8, and may acquire by agreement, or appropriate,
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