Says Naomi Smith
It is all too possible to round a corner on horseback and come upon a group of cattle with no prior warning -this WILL result in a horse being badly spooked at best, bolting at worst -it is only a matter of time ........... read more
The Isle of Wight
"The Isle of Wight Council is systematically abusing rider rights of unimpeded passage with the laying of sealed surfacing."
Says Marian Perrott
I'm on the Isle of Wight, which is 80% agricultural land, but a busy tourist destination.
Our bridleway network, which is significant in the rural south but virtually extinct in the populous north, looks set to ultimately become an extensive non-motorised cycle tourism facility. This wouldn't be a problem to resident horse riders, were it not for the fact that 'cheap & durable' means that the Isle of Wight Council is systematically abusing rider rights of unimpeded passage with the laying of sealed surfacing. Being an island that relies heavily on tourism, the grants keep coming and the horse rider rights (to do more than plod) keep going. Well, despite a bridleways group that supports sealed surfacing as long as it's not slippery, being satisfied with 'RB&S' (riding for the bucket & spaders), I'm fighting alongside a tiny group of riders who've woken up to the smell of the coffee, but it's a massive slog every step of the way for us. I thought you might be interested in my efforts and maybe assist by making a national plea for the support of riders everywhere to try to redress the balance.
I've attached a :
Marian Perrott explains the background
Says Marian Perrot
It's been a battle of epic proportions to get this far, not least because it was an unrecorded bridleway in 2013, but I'd got virtually bullet-proof evidence of user 1993 – 2013 backed up by pre-contract enquiry documentation from my conveyancing file (I completed Feb 1994).
If you're curious to follow the whole progression, take a peek at the comments attached to their retrospective planning application and you'll find find my very comprehensive objection. I dealt with both highways and planning together in one document and left the planners to sift out what was relevant to them (along with the other 47 comments that went on after I'd published mine on a local forum two days earlier).
I served the Sec 130A with a duplicate copy of the same document attached to it when I dropped off my planning objection, so both departments got their copy at the same time.
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After getting their Form 3, I served another one on a much more straightforward bridleway that they recently converted.
My plan is to keep forcing them to come up with written excuses, then counter the refusal arguments using the next Sec 130A.
I've attached the second one (GL23), dated 4th June 2014.
Says Linda Wright
We moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more