Recently Traveller ponies have been grazing on land within the country park running along side the canal in Brookwood. Whilst this location is preferable to other areas the ponies have been grazing recently, it’s still illegal grazing.
I’ve been working with officers to achieve a licensing scheme that will enable a different field in that area that has road access via the A322 to be used for ponies. This work is ongoing.
What is beyond unacceptable is the driving of vehicles along the foot path to access the ponies. The path has not been designed for vehicles, the two bridges are not maintained and may not hold up structurally to vehicles and it’s clearly dangerous to other users of the path.
I met up with officers yesterday to work out the best way of preventing the vehicle access. This is urgently being addressed and I should see the plans by the end of the week. I expect solid posts will be installed in the middle of the path at the entrance by the pavilion at the Knaphill end, and also from the canal. These will likely be wood, with sufficient reflective markings to prevent collisions. Access will still be possible for double width buggies.