Britch­combe Farm

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In is­sue 299 we pub­lished a walk ti­tled ‘Drag­ons & White Horses’ stat­ing the route should start from Britch­combe Farm Camp­site and that toi­lets at the farm could be used. We’ve since been in­formed that the camp­site and toi­lets are for the use of guests only. The walk should start on the main road op­po­site the farm.

As a na­tion of an­i­mal lovers it does seem very un­fair that there is a ‘no pets’ rule in a lot of rented ac­com­mo­da­tion and re­tire­ment homes, when so many kind peo­ple could give a good home to an an­i­mal. They often pro­vide the only com­pany to a per­son on their own and they open the pos­si­bil­ity of so­cial­is­ing with other an­i­mal lovers.

Colin Grif­fiths, Northants

As a land­lord and pet lover I re­spect the right of my ten­ants to own and care for a pet. I have also lived in rented ac­com­mo­da­tion and my land­lord al­lowed me this priv­i­lege. In re­turn I made sure that the pet was well­be­haved and did not dam­age

any­thing in the house. A win-win sit­u­a­tion! Jen­nifer Pankhurst, Whitchurch

The idea of an old lady with a purring cat on her lap, or a gen­tle­man tak­ing his com­pan­ion for a walk is an at­trac­tive one, but un­for­tu­nately it is not the whole story. My sis­ter was the let­ting and up­keep su­per­vi­sor for some flats where an­i­mals were al­lowed. Af­ter pay­ing out hundreds of pounds to re­place urine-soaked car­pets, shred­ded fur­nish­ings and even chewed wood­work, a ‘no pets’ rule was brought in. Not all pet own­ers are re­spon­si­ble car­ers.

Lynne Har­ris, by email

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