I’ve been in contact with various people regarding the ponies, including our County Councillor.
Essentially, I’m not particularly bothered by the ponies being on the land at the crossroads, however I do draw the line at the fence being electrified, as that is dangerous.
The issue has been reported to the Health and Safety Executive but officers do not hold much hope that anything will be done by the HSE.
Surrey are unlikely to do anything as land owners and in any case the land is currently in the process of being sold to Woking Borough Council to enable the improvements to the crossroads and the housing development I’ve discussed in the past.
What is currently being proposed, and is something I support, is that a field within the Brookwood Farm area be licenced to enable Travellers to safely keep their ponies temporarily. This makes a lot of sense, as the land has traditionally had ponies grazing there, which is good for the environment, and it provides the borough with an area that illegally grazing horses elsewhere can be easily moved to.
Still leaves me frustrated that the law is not on the side of the law abiding resident, but unfortunately, we are where we are.
As many of you know, and some have written to me about, Travellers have left two ponies grazing on the square piece of land at the crossroads. This land is owned by Surrey County Council
I have informed our Neighbourhood Officer and our County Councillor who has notified the Estates team.
I doubt anything will be done as it’s likely this is a short term deal.
I try to take the positives from it and hope that SCC will not now need to do their annual dose of maintenance and the cost savings are more than the cost of any repairs to the fencing that may possibly have been caused.
You’ll remember that WBC sent a letter about a month ago saying that everyone in the borough would receive a copy of the Woking News & Mail for a few weeks as a method of getting information and news out to all residents, especially vulnerable residents that may not have access to social media et cetera.
Brookwood residents will have wondered since then, why they haven’t received a copy. The rest of the borough has received the WN&M now for three weeks.
After the second edition never made it to Brookwood, I enquired with both the marketing team at WBC and the MD of WN&M and at the time, no one knew why, but would make enquiries.
Two weeks later, and we still haven’t received a copy, and I still have no idea why, but I am continuing to try and find out what’s gone wrong.
EDIT @ 11:00. Amazing how the world works, a copy of the WN&M was posted through my door this morning.