Woman fined for blocking footpath
A WOMAN ordered to pay nearly £1,700 for blocking a public footpath told a rambler she had done it to stop her cats escaping.
At Ashford court on Friday, magistrates fined Voletta Bisonette a total of £750 and told her to pay £924 costs for wilfully obstructing footpath AW90 on two occasions in September and October.
Bisonette, 62, runs the Green Wicket animal sanctuary at her farm in Rockhill Road, Egerton. The AW90 public footpath runs through the property.
Michelle Hoque, prosecuting, said Peter Whitestone, chairman of the Ashford Ramblers, had found his way through the farm blocked by a locked gate on September 5 last year.
She said: “A woman came out and told him the gate was locked to stop cats from getting out.”
Although Mr Whitestone was allowed through, he subsequently reported the matter to an area rights of way officer, who visited the property on October 11, and found the gate locked.
The court also heard that Bisonette had a previous conviction for the same offence in 1998, for which she had received a conditional discharge.
Magistrates fined Bisonette £250 for the first offence and £750 for the second.