Stars come out in sup­port of Su­san

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Lor­raine Weir

Two TV stars have joined the fight to stop a herd of beloved ponies be­ing evicted from their home to make way for a new road.

Su­san Dick re­it­er­ated her im­pas­sioned plea to save their field in Mil­ton, which she has owned for 20 years, to coun­cil­lors at a meeting last week.

And ‘New Tricks’ ac­tors James Bo­lam and wife Su­san Jame­son have pledged their sup­port to Su­san, writ­ing to the coun­cil to ex­press their con­cern about the field form­ing part of the re­lief road, which rul­ing coun­cil­lors ar­gue is much­needed for the area.

In their let­ter to the author­ity the cou­ple say: “Su­san Dick’s fields pro­vide a sanc­tu­ary for horses and ponies and a valu­able so­cial as­set to this area.

“Many young­sters come and learn about an­i­mal care. They can gain an im­por­tant sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity, co­op­er­a­tion and self-es­teem.

“Our as­so­ci­a­tion over the years with var­i­ous char­i­ties in­volv­ing young peo­ple, some with trou­bled back­grounds and other dif­fi­cul­ties, eg Rid­ing for the Dis­abled and Ride High, have shown us the many ben­e­fits work­ing with and for an­i­mals can bring.

“Please take a fur­ther look at the rout­ing of the roads. Surely a better com­pro­mise can be reached with­out any se­ri­ous dif­fi­culty.

“It would be a great loss to the lo­cal area if it were re­duced to a waste­land. And should we not be pro­tect­ing pre­cious green field sites as stated in gov­ern­ment pol­icy?”

Su­san had a chance meeting with ac­tress Su­san at an eques­trian event in Lon­don and told her about her plight.

She was keen to help and her hus­band James Bo­lam also put his name to her protest.

Shet­land ponies Mor­ven, Flossie, Buddy and Char­lie Magee face los­ing their home if the coun­cil presses on with pro­pos­als to bull­doze through the field, which is on a nar­row lane be­side the A82 at Mil­ton, to make way for the re­lief road which they say must go through her land.

As well as be­ing home to the ponies and the rest­ing place for Lady, who has been buried at the site for al­most three years, it also of­fers a place for chil­dren and adults with spe­cial needs who have no other ac­cess to coun­try­side or horses.

Su­san is be­ing of­fered another area of land nearby for her ponies but is con­cerned about the suit­abil­ity of the site.

She said: “Within the public doc­u­ment is a men­tion of some per­haps suit­able land they would of­fer me in re­turn for my own land.

“This land is not in the 230417SUSAN_ POPNY_007 coun­cil’s own­er­ship and may or may not be con­tam­i­nated land.

“The suit­abil­ity of this land can­not be de­cided by the coun­cil and to date I do not know where it is or in­deed if it is even safe for peo­ple, let alone horses, to be near.”

Su­san said she has strug­gled to use the land since late last year be­cause con­trac­tors, who she says were hired by West Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil, ac­cessed her land, leav­ing dan­ger­ous de­bris be­hind and caus­ing dam­age.

She added: “The coun­cil have had sev­eral con­trac­tors on my land dur­ing this fight, all with­out my knowl­edge or con­sent.

“They have apol­o­gised for this, al­beit 10 months af­ter.

“A suc­cess­ful in­surance claim against con­trac­tors has been set­tled in my favour as result of this.”

Su­san has re­ceived wide­spread sup­port from the com­mu­nity. 83 per cent of those who re­sponded to the public con­sul­ta­tion said they did not sup­port the de­vel­op­ment and 73 per­cent said the main rea­son was Su­san’s field.

Cam­paign Su­san and her ponies

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