Cleaning up may be difficult, but it’s your responsibility

EDITOR – Complementing the letter by G Day (Leader – March 21), with whom I am in complete agreement, concerning punishment for horse riders who fail to clean up after their animals have relieved themselves on roads and beaches.

I understand the legislation which exists for horse-drawn vehicles applies equally as well to single riders of horses. For those interested, a booklet ‘The Official DSA Guide to Riding – The Essential Skills’ can be obtained from the Driving Standards Agency.

I understand that some, if not all, of the requirements are enforceable by local authorities.

The documentation, covering construction and use, includes the need to carry equipment for collecting horse waste.

Any town, usually coastal resorts, which boasts landaus as a mode of transport comply with this legislation. The landau owners are in peril of losing their local authority licence fee if they don’t.

I can understand the claim made by horse riders in so far as they have great difficulty in carrying the appropriate cleaning equipment, but this does not preclude them from the responsibility of ensuring roads, beaches, bridle paths and other areas where they are allowed to ride are left clean for other users.

Note Highway Code rule 54 – Riders are excluded from riding their horses on or across footpaths, pavements, cycle tracks.

The promenade from Mablethorpe through Sutton on Sea to Huttoft car terrace is a cycle track, is it not?

It is difficult for any local authority to ensure the equestrian communities comply with the requirements, and for that reason, it has been my personal experience, equestrian communities go where they please with or without permission. In fairness, there are exceptions – but not many.

At one time East Lindsey District Council issued permits for horse riders to go on the beach (a sign, now much faded, once located at the end of Furlon Road, Sutton on Sea, advised who to contact), but the horse riders I have challenged never had a permit.

Can someone please advise if ELDC still requires horse riders to have a beach permit and if not, why not?

From the number of horses I regularly see on the beach, it would be a good source of revenue and may reduce the amount of horse muck we have to tolerate.

JOSEPH G DOWSE

Tennyson Close, Sandilands