Horse riders’ future on British common hangs in balance


One of the Britain’s largest equestrian charities is fighting to preserve the access rights of riders at Padworth Common in West Berkshire.

A public inquiry was held in Newbury overnight (NZ time), at which the  British Horse Society opposed proposals to fence off the common and deprive horse riders of their right to ride on the southern half of the common and restrict access to the northern half.

The society was represented by counsel, Ned Westaway, of Francis Taylor Building.

The society’s director of access, safety and welfare, Mark Weston, said:  “As we celebrate Access Week, highlighting our work on equestrian rights of way issues, we face another fight that could determine whether access is preserved or lost for vulnerable horse riders.”

Location of Padworth Common in Berkshire
Location of Padworth Common in Berkshire.

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