Wo­man fined for block­ing foot­path

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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