Stars come out in support of Susan
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