Horses ‘disappear’ as bailiff starts working

York Press: Horses grazing by the side of the A166 road near York in 2010 Horses grazing by the side of the A166 road near York in 2010

A HORSE bailiff will today begin tackling the problem of animals tethered illegally on roadside verges in the York area.

But there are signs that the appointment may already have had an impact before the official even starts work, with horses disappearing recently from verges where they are frequently to be seen.

The bailiff has been appointed by City of York Council, following growing concerns about a number of accidents caused by horses straying on to roads such as the A166 York to Stamford Bridge road.

Osbaldwick Independent councillor Mark Warters, who has said he fears a motorist will die in a collision with a horse, said he had attended a recent meeting between the bailiff and the National Farmers’ Union at which the bailiff said there would be a “zero-tolerance” policy towards tethered horses.

He said the bailiff said notices would be going up around York, warning horse owners they had 14 days to remove their animals from land where they should not be.

Landowners could also use the bailiff to get horses removed from private land, and would have a contact number they could ring, but they would have to pay a fee.

Coun Warters added that he had heard from good sources that a number of tethered horses had disappeared recently from verges, and been relocated to Selby and Bridlington.

He felt this might benefit York but would merely displace the problem.

Steve Waddington, the council’s assistant director of housing and community safety, claimed the contractor had not said the authority would pursue a “zero tolerance” policy.

“They are Coun Warters’ words,” he said. “We have explained that horses will be removed where they are presenting a danger to the public and to themselves.”

He confirmed landowners could commission the contractor directly if they wished to remove horses grazing without permission on their land.

He said at the time of a recent inspection no tethered horses were in evidence.

“However, we have no knowledge of where horses may have been moved to and we will work with other local authorities, landowners and anyone affected by illegal grazing or tethered.”

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9:06am Mon 3 Feb 14

courier46 says...

Typical,i read that there would be a zero tolerance on this matter and then further down the article Steve Waddington says the council will not have a zero tolerance.
I`m sorry but in my opinion that`s why were in the situation with crime and the general state of this country.
We should have zero tolerance instead of people doing what they want and getting away with it.
When will we get someone who has the nerve to implement these powers.
Typical,i read that there would be a zero tolerance on this matter and then further down the article Steve Waddington says the council will not have a zero tolerance. I`m sorry but in my opinion that`s why were in the situation with crime and the general state of this country. We should have zero tolerance instead of people doing what they want and getting away with it. When will we get someone who has the nerve to implement these powers. courier46

9:16am Mon 3 Feb 14

NoMorePlease says...

Zero-tolerance is a meaningless buzz word used by politicians to convey an impression of gung-ho. Just like the equally meaningless "back to basics".
Zero-tolerance is a meaningless buzz word used by politicians to convey an impression of gung-ho. Just like the equally meaningless "back to basics". NoMorePlease

9:32am Mon 3 Feb 14

stevla says...

is a horse bailiff a centaur with a clipboard (clippity clop board)..??
is a horse bailiff a centaur with a clipboard (clippity clop board)..?? stevla

9:46am Mon 3 Feb 14

sheps lad says...

NoMorePlease wrote:
Zero-tolerance is a meaningless buzz word used by politicians to convey an impression of gung-ho. Just like the equally meaningless "back to basics".
Not forgetting- "lessons will be learned"!
[quote][p][bold]NoMorePlease[/bold] wrote: Zero-tolerance is a meaningless buzz word used by politicians to convey an impression of gung-ho. Just like the equally meaningless "back to basics".[/p][/quote]Not forgetting- "lessons will be learned"! sheps lad

9:48am Mon 3 Feb 14

smudge2 says...

Well done mark for finally getting a bailiff to start as the Stamford bridge road was becoming a nightmare to drive back on a night.Pity someone else has got the problem now.
Well done mark for finally getting a bailiff to start as the Stamford bridge road was becoming a nightmare to drive back on a night.Pity someone else has got the problem now. smudge2

10:12am Mon 3 Feb 14

pedalling paul says...

I once had a bike wheel damaged by a horse...honestly..! Thought I'd given it a wide berth on the minor road that I was on, but it threw a wobbly and leapt off the verge.
I once had a bike wheel damaged by a horse...honestly..! Thought I'd given it a wide berth on the minor road that I was on, but it threw a wobbly and leapt off the verge. pedalling paul

10:29am Mon 3 Feb 14

YorkPatrol says...

pedalling paul wrote:
I once had a bike wheel damaged by a horse...honestly..! Thought I'd given it a wide berth on the minor road that I was on, but it threw a wobbly and leapt off the verge.
Idiot!
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: I once had a bike wheel damaged by a horse...honestly..! Thought I'd given it a wide berth on the minor road that I was on, but it threw a wobbly and leapt off the verge.[/p][/quote]Idiot! YorkPatrol

11:00am Mon 3 Feb 14

Pete the Brickie says...

pedalling paul wrote:
I once had a bike wheel damaged by a horse...honestly..! Thought I'd given it a wide berth on the minor road that I was on, but it threw a wobbly and leapt off the verge.
This has to be the one and only time in my life where I fully agree with the actions of a horse.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: I once had a bike wheel damaged by a horse...honestly..! Thought I'd given it a wide berth on the minor road that I was on, but it threw a wobbly and leapt off the verge.[/p][/quote]This has to be the one and only time in my life where I fully agree with the actions of a horse. Pete the Brickie

11:00am Mon 3 Feb 14

Pete the Brickie says...

pedalling paul wrote:
I once had a bike wheel damaged by a horse...honestly..! Thought I'd given it a wide berth on the minor road that I was on, but it threw a wobbly and leapt off the verge.
This has to be the one and only time in my life where I fully agree with the actions of a horse.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: I once had a bike wheel damaged by a horse...honestly..! Thought I'd given it a wide berth on the minor road that I was on, but it threw a wobbly and leapt off the verge.[/p][/quote]This has to be the one and only time in my life where I fully agree with the actions of a horse. Pete the Brickie

11:49am Mon 3 Feb 14

Daisy75 says...

You'd think the owners would at least value the horses enough to keep them safe and off the road, even if they don't give a stuff about the road users. It can't be any life for the horses either. It's only luck more accidents haven't happened.
You'd think the owners would at least value the horses enough to keep them safe and off the road, even if they don't give a stuff about the road users. It can't be any life for the horses either. It's only luck more accidents haven't happened. Daisy75

12:26pm Mon 3 Feb 14

smudge2 says...

Pete the Brickie wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
I once had a bike wheel damaged by a horse...honestly..! Thought I'd given it a wide berth on the minor road that I was on, but it threw a wobbly and leapt off the verge.
This has to be the one and only time in my life where I fully agree with the actions of a horse.
2 bites to Paul...When will people learn ?? (3 if you include the dual posting) but we will let you off that.
[quote][p][bold]Pete the Brickie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: I once had a bike wheel damaged by a horse...honestly..! Thought I'd given it a wide berth on the minor road that I was on, but it threw a wobbly and leapt off the verge.[/p][/quote]This has to be the one and only time in my life where I fully agree with the actions of a horse.[/p][/quote]2 bites to Paul...When will people learn ?? (3 if you include the dual posting) but we will let you off that. smudge2

3:16pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Sillybillies says...

Steve Waddington, the council’s assistant director of housing and community safety, claimed the contractor had not said the authority would pursue a “zero tolerance” policy.
“They are Coun Warters’ words,” he said. “We have explained that horses will be removed where they are presenting a danger to the public and to themselves.”

Another useless highly paid council employee worthy of sacking. Without zero tolerance they might as well not bother.
[quote]Steve Waddington, the council’s assistant director of housing and community safety, claimed the contractor had not said the authority would pursue a “zero tolerance” policy. “They are Coun Warters’ words,” he said. “We have explained that horses will be removed where they are presenting a danger to the public and to themselves.”[/quote] Another useless highly paid council employee worthy of sacking. Without zero tolerance they might as well not bother. Sillybillies

4:46pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Justin7 says...

pedalling paul wrote:
I once had a bike wheel damaged by a horse...honestly..! Thought I'd given it a wide berth on the minor road that I was on, but it threw a wobbly and leapt off the verge.
Well done to the horse. Poor thing probably thought "Hmm, nice day for grazing. Hold on, who's this fool heading towards me at high speed on a mechanical horse. Hope he stays away from me. WTF. Ok, I'm not standing for this....."
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: I once had a bike wheel damaged by a horse...honestly..! Thought I'd given it a wide berth on the minor road that I was on, but it threw a wobbly and leapt off the verge.[/p][/quote]Well done to the horse. Poor thing probably thought "Hmm, nice day for grazing. Hold on, who's this fool heading towards me at high speed on a mechanical horse. Hope he stays away from me. WTF. Ok, I'm not standing for this....." Justin7

5:06pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Piggly says...

courier46 wrote:
Typical,i read that there would be a zero tolerance on this matter and then further down the article Steve Waddington says the council will not have a zero tolerance.
I`m sorry but in my opinion that`s why were in the situation with crime and the general state of this country.
We should have zero tolerance instead of people doing what they want and getting away with it.
When will we get someone who has the nerve to implement these powers.
York Council are pathetic.
No guts, only garters with the elastic taken out.
PATHETIC.
The police must take action against the horse owners.
Zero tolerance please.
[quote][p][bold]courier46[/bold] wrote: Typical,i read that there would be a zero tolerance on this matter and then further down the article Steve Waddington says the council will not have a zero tolerance. I`m sorry but in my opinion that`s why were in the situation with crime and the general state of this country. We should have zero tolerance instead of people doing what they want and getting away with it. When will we get someone who has the nerve to implement these powers.[/p][/quote]York Council are pathetic. No guts, only garters with the elastic taken out. PATHETIC. The police must take action against the horse owners. Zero tolerance please. Piggly

5:29pm Mon 3 Feb 14

the butler says...

The people who own these horses put them on the verges for free feeding and have done so for many years, Tethering is more the problem, rather than they being there at all, A specific length rope should be the rule for verge feeding after all are they not cropping the grass? Also applying the odd fertilizer....
The people who own these horses put them on the verges for free feeding and have done so for many years, Tethering is more the problem, rather than they being there at all, A specific length rope should be the rule for verge feeding after all are they not cropping the grass? Also applying the odd fertilizer.... the butler

5:58pm Mon 3 Feb 14

courier46 says...

I thought the idiot that alters the thumbs up and thumbs down scores had been at work,then I noticed it was pedalling paul and his comment.Lol
I thought the idiot that alters the thumbs up and thumbs down scores had been at work,then I noticed it was pedalling paul and his comment.Lol courier46

9:29am Tue 4 Feb 14

Wills. says...

Tethering horses may have been around for years,but these were working horses who spent a few hours on a chain after working all day. Now they are left all day every day with many never being exercised. People who do this find its a cheap way to keep a horse,but also don`t have the finances to feed the horse properly,or get a vet out.
Tethering horses may have been around for years,but these were working horses who spent a few hours on a chain after working all day. Now they are left all day every day with many never being exercised. People who do this find its a cheap way to keep a horse,but also don`t have the finances to feed the horse properly,or get a vet out. Wills.

11:55am Tue 4 Feb 14

yorkandproud says...

Paul using good bait today IMO
Paul using good bait today IMO yorkandproud

1:11pm Tue 4 Feb 14

anistasia says...

It's a post that was needed a horse bailif for everyones safety.hope whoever owns these animals will get the pointand stop putting horses out near the road someone should be responsible if an accident is caused but no-one saying a particular horse is theirs who can be chased for compensation.the bailif should be able to get all the horses registerd and micro chipped.and if the horse owners don't agree take the horse's off them.
It's a post that was needed a horse bailif for everyones safety.hope whoever owns these animals will get the pointand stop putting horses out near the road someone should be responsible if an accident is caused but no-one saying a particular horse is theirs who can be chased for compensation.the bailif should be able to get all the horses registerd and micro chipped.and if the horse owners don't agree take the horse's off them. anistasia

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