Hawkesbury Common. Bob Milton moves in to start negotiations
Says Gaz Keen
Several parties have met to walk the track. The meeting was arranged by a member of the General Public. This had no fixed agenda and the aim was supposed to be an amacable walk to take in the fresh air and visualise the route. Attendees were South Gloucester Council, Bob Milton and Local Residents, Horse riders who can remember ancestors driving the track with milk carts and General Public. Tea and cake was provided on return.
Although no outcomes were agreed we think good progress was made in that parties did agree to talk to each other about this. We are waiting to see what will be said in these discussions.
SG Council position was to erect a kissing gate to protect the commons. They were unhappy someone had cut back vegetation, despite the fact that walkers can now get through this path as a result of it being cut back. The kissing gate did not go up due to a very peaceful discussion between local residents, BHS and the contractors.
Following the informal walk and some very good negotiations from Bob Milton, legal positions are going to be considered.
SG Council have said the kissing gate will not be erected, but there is some way to go yet before it is accepted that riders should have rights to fresh air and exercise to do recreational riding, and the bylaw was to cover any commercial exploitation of horse riding - the commons are for the recreational benefit of the public, not to make a profit.
Hawkesbury Common. Shock. Horror. South Gloucester Council claim horses are damaging the Common.
(If you are of a nervous disposition, look away now.)
This is their evidence.
Is South Gloucester Council being hypocritical ?
They say they dont want horses on the Common. But, surprise, surprise, what does their website show ?
Horses riding on the Common. See for yourself. www.hawkesburycommon.co.uk/photo-gallary.html
Says Gaz Keen
I am not too sure if they are on the road that runs through it, (looks too narrow to me) however its strikes me as a bit hypocritical that they are adamant that they do not want horses on the commons when they seem to be more than willing to show photos of happy horse riders.
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The more we can help Gaz and other local riders, the better.