Why exclude the residents?
I was very sorry to see that Burghley had decided to exclude the local residents of Stamford from being able to walk into the Horse Trials for free after 4pm.
The residents of Stamford are very tolerant of the disruption the Horse Trials cause each year, and in return get the exciting perk of being able to walk in after 4pm and do a bit of shopping, have a drink and are ultimately spending money there.
The traffic disruption is considerable, it’s very difficult to drive anywhere and some of the roads are closed to aid traffic flow and some residents are even unable to park on their roads during the time of the Trials.
I don’t see that the Stamford population do any damage to the horse trials by going in for free after 4pm, most of the competition is over at that time, many of the paying guests have left and the stands and bars benefit from the extra income. What a shame that Burghley has taken this attitude this year.
Margaret Kaye Stamford