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Horse bailiff move to tackle illegally tethered animals on roadside verges
COUNCIL bosses are finally preparing to employ a horse bailiff to tackle the problem of animals tethered illegally on roadside verges near York.
He said he had contacted the council to ask what progress was being made on the appointment of a bailiff, which was agreed by City of York Council’s cabinet in April, saying: “It is only a matter of time before another accident occurs and once again this matter will find itself in the spotlight.”
Steve Waddington, the council’s assistant director of housing and community safety, said in May the authority was “currently in the procurement process” to appoint a horse bailiff.
He said the terms of the bailiff’s contract could require them to check on public land, post notices and remove illegally tethered horses as requested by the council in line with current legislation and, where legally possible, act under contract on behalf of private landowners.
Mr Waddington said yesterday the authority was expecting to be ready to go out to procure bailiff services in the coming weeks.
“In the interim, we are working with an experienced horse handler who also carries out work for the RSPCA,” he said. “We are also working with individual horse owners and landowners to agree contracts, one of which has removed ten horses from the roadside.”
The decision to appoint a bailiff followed a series of accidents in the past year involving horses that had broken free and strayed on to roads.
In one accident, on the A166 between York and Stamford Bridge, a van was written off after it struck a stray horse and the driver said he was told by police he would have been killed, had he been driving a car.
Another horse was struck and killed on the same stretch of road in May this year.
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