New row over tethered horses by roadside

A FRESH row has blown up over the length of time City of York Council is taking to tackle the dangers posed by horses tethered on verges.

Two councillors, Jenny Brooks and Mark Warters, say they fear a motorist could die by crashing into an escaped animal before the authority takes action to enforce existing laws next year.

Dunnington councillor Coun Brooks said: “After the accidents that have happened this year, I am worried that another accident could happen. I just hope that there isn’t another before something is done.”

She said residents of Holtby had told her they were afraid to use the bus at night when horses were tethered by the bus stops.

Osbaldwick councillor Coun Warters said there should be an immediate enforcement of highways legislation and claimed that if someone died in coming weeks, the family of the dead person would have a case for corporate manslaughter.

But Coun Williams hit back, saying complaints to the council about tethered horses dated back to the mid-1990s but he was the first cabinet member to put forward a paper which sought to specifically address the issue.

“Instead of welcoming this action, which will do everything he has been calling for, Coun Warters has chosen to complain that it will take a few months to implement,” he said.

“I am proposing a balanced approach, that will reduce the number of horses, provide alternative grazing options and will enforce the law with those who choose to continue to use our grass verges in this way.

“It will take a few months to put right a problem that has existed for many years, but the end outcome will be one that Coun Warters should welcome.”

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5:59pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Sawday2 says...

“It will take a few months to put right a problem that has existed for many years”

It wouldn't if the Council just enforced the law. Isn't that they are paid to do?
Just do it people and stop ****-footing around!
“It will take a few months to put right a problem that has existed for many years” It wouldn't if the Council just enforced the law. Isn't that they are paid to do? Just do it people and stop ****-footing around! Sawday2

7:36pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Sawday2 says...

Apparently Boris Johnson, as reported by the BBC can say "pussyfooting" (see http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-lon
don-19270322) but it gets blanked out on York Press. Odd that.
Apparently Boris Johnson, as reported by the BBC can say "pussyfooting" (see http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-lon don-19270322) but it gets blanked out on York Press. Odd that. Sawday2

8:04pm Fri 28 Dec 12

bob the builder says...

Sawday2 wrote:
Apparently Boris Johnson, as reported by the BBC can say "pussyfooting" (see http://www.bbc.co.uk

/news/uk-england-lon

don-19270322) but it gets blanked out on York Press. Odd that.
The shadow of the council looms large when there is something they wish to bury - I'll bet they were hoping this would slip by unnoticed over Christmas break. Makes you wonder if all these years there has been some collusion over lack of enforcement.
[quote][p][bold]Sawday2[/bold] wrote: Apparently Boris Johnson, as reported by the BBC can say "pussyfooting" (see http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-lon don-19270322) but it gets blanked out on York Press. Odd that.[/p][/quote]The shadow of the council looms large when there is something they wish to bury - I'll bet they were hoping this would slip by unnoticed over Christmas break. Makes you wonder if all these years there has been some collusion over lack of enforcement. bob the builder

9:41am Sat 29 Dec 12

Paul Meoff says...

Still think the glue option should be considered
Still think the glue option should be considered Paul Meoff

11:35am Sat 29 Dec 12

yorkborn66 says...

Paul Meoff wrote:
Still think the glue option should be considered
Agreed , we should “stick” together on this issue !
[quote][p][bold]Paul Meoff[/bold] wrote: Still think the glue option should be considered[/p][/quote]Agreed , we should “stick” together on this issue ! yorkborn66

2:10pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Sillybillies says...

provide alternative grazing options

That's not a council problem to waste our tax money on. People shouldn't have horses if they don't own or rent land to graze them on. If they are illegally tethered on verges, remove the horses and sell them if need be.

Braford Council and the West Yorkshire Police don't seem to have difficulty dealing with the problem.

http://www.bradford.
gov.uk/bmdc/governme
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ic_administration/ne
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thering

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-lee
ds-20146947
[quote]provide alternative grazing options [/quote] That's not a council problem to waste our tax money on. People shouldn't have horses if they don't own or rent land to graze them on. If they are illegally tethered on verges, remove the horses and sell them if need be. Braford Council and the West Yorkshire Police don't seem to have difficulty dealing with the problem. http://www.bradford. gov.uk/bmdc/governme nt_politics_and_publ ic_administration/ne ws/new_ways_of_tackl ing_illegal_horse_te thering http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-lee ds-20146947 Sillybillies

9:11am Thu 3 Jan 13

yorkhank says...

I agree, horses tethered on the roadside should be collected by the RSPCA and either sold or humanly destroyed. Travelling to work near Murton today, came across 2 horses running down the centre of the road, no sign of any owner, what a joke! the RSPCA, Council and Police seem powerless to take action against anyone called "smith"!
I agree, horses tethered on the roadside should be collected by the RSPCA and either sold or humanly destroyed. Travelling to work near Murton today, came across 2 horses running down the centre of the road, no sign of any owner, what a joke! the RSPCA, Council and Police seem powerless to take action against anyone called "smith"! yorkhank

8:33am Fri 4 Jan 13

ilikechocolate says...

Those 2 loose ponies near Murton are quite often loose down the cycle track towards Burnholme, they ended up in a friends garden yesterday, considering this is only a field away from the outer ring road imagine the chaos if they had got on there
Those 2 loose ponies near Murton are quite often loose down the cycle track towards Burnholme, they ended up in a friends garden yesterday, considering this is only a field away from the outer ring road imagine the chaos if they had got on there ilikechocolate

8:56am Fri 4 Jan 13

ilikechocolate says...

Just read the article about Bradford Council very interesting , sounds like York council could do to get Rossendales Ltd to deal with these horses too.
Just read the article about Bradford Council very interesting , sounds like York council could do to get Rossendales Ltd to deal with these horses too. ilikechocolate

4:20pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Sillybillies says...

Steve Waddington, assistant head of housing and community safety, said: “York is not alone in this problem and similar situations have also been found across the country, particularly in West and South Yorkshire areas, the West Midlands and County Durham.

Utter rubbish, we are let down by the most incompetent police in the country aided and abetted by the Calamity James gang. Bradford Council and the West Yorkshire Police don't seem to have difficulty dealing with the problem.

http://www.bradford.

gov.uk/bmdc/governme

nt_politics_and_publ

ic_administration/ne

ws/new_ways_of_tackl

ing_illegal_horse_te

thering

http://www.bbc.co.uk

/news/uk-england-lee

ds-20146947


Round 'em up and then off to the knackers yard. Then deal with the horses!
[quote]Steve Waddington, assistant head of housing and community safety, said: “York is not alone in this problem and similar situations have also been found across the country, particularly in West and South Yorkshire areas, the West Midlands and County Durham. [/quote] Utter rubbish, we are let down by the most incompetent police in the country aided and abetted by the Calamity James gang. Bradford Council and the West Yorkshire Police don't seem to have difficulty dealing with the problem. [quote]http://www.bradford. gov.uk/bmdc/governme nt_politics_and_publ ic_administration/ne ws/new_ways_of_tackl ing_illegal_horse_te thering http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-lee ds-20146947[/quote] Round 'em up and then off to the knackers yard. Then deal with the horses! Sillybillies

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