Stray horses a prob­lem in vil­lages

An­i­mals es­cape after own­ers aban­don them in fields with­out landown­ers’ con­sent

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

VIL­LAGES across South Bucks are suf­fer­ing prob­lems with stray horses ap­pear­ing in roads.

Last month, the Ad­ver­tiser re­ported that horse own­ers in the Iver area had been leav­ing their an­i­mals in other peo­ple’s fields.

There have been sev­eral cases of horses man­ag­ing to es­cape from the fields, re­quir­ing po­lice to then chase them down.

Since then, there have also been re­ports of the is­sue oc­cur­ring in Ger­rards Cross, and peo­ple liv­ing there say that it is be­gin­ning to be a prob­lem.

Ger­rards Cross parish coun­cil­lor Jen­nifer Woolveridge, said: “What hap­pens is that peo­ple who own the horses leave them in fields which they don’t own, and which they don’t have any per­mis­sion to use at all.

“They then leave the horses there and there’s noth­ing re­ally to stop them es­cap­ing, which they do.

“There have been a few cases of it in Ger­rards Cross, es­pe­cially in the Bul­strode area, and I know that it’s hap­pened in Iver as well. It’s ex­pen­sive to sort out, and the po­lice and county coun­cil are look­ing to clamp down on it.”

She

added:

“What hap­pens is that the horses are rounded up and then peo­ple are charged quite a lot of money to re­claim them, so the idea is that the costs are so much that it will act as a les­son to make peo­ple be more re­spon­si­ble.”

Po­lice charge be­tween £500 and £600 to those look­ing to re­claim a horse which has es­caped.

Speak­ing on the is­sue last month, parish, dis­trict and county coun­cil­lor for Iver, Ruth Vigor-Hed­derly, said that the is­sue also causes safety con­cerns, and Bucks County Coun­cil would be look­ing to come up with an of­fi­cial pol­icy on deal­ing with stray horses in the county.

Mrs Woolveridge said: “Peo­ple who own th­ese horses just need to be more re­spon­si­ble, and to make sure that they have the landowner’s per­mis­sion and that the horses can’t es­cape from where they are left.

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