Another strange Polish law today is that in the countryside, farm owners each owns bits of an access road leading to other properties running through them.
that depends.. there are 3 different ways of land division (cadaster) in PL.. they pretty much match the partitioned lands.. (Aus, Prus, Russ)
I'd say that it is a good thing - it's their property. I'd say it is very democratic
not really, it's retarded.. it should be public land.. aka. right-of-way or easement
But on the other hand, what would you say if one day they decided that they are demolishing your house because they want to build a new road? :-D
they still can.. they meaning gov body..
Buying half of szarlotka acres to build a new housing estate to rake in wads of cash from developers is not a valid reason.
in american however, this happens all the time.. it's called imminent domain. it used for good and sometimes not so good.. i've seen it under the guise of redevelopment of a run down area..
In some countries there is also some the concept of road allowance.
in the us it does (right of way) but the land interest may extend into the middle of the road.. in parts of PL, it's exactly the same.. there are dedicated roads that are simply public..