Council gives cash to solve horse issue

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Councillors in Newbiggin have contributed £2,000 to a horse project to provide three sites in south east Northumberland to tackle the problem of illegally tethering or abandonment of horses on public land in the county.

Northumberland County Council has confirmed three sites in Newbiggin and Ashington as a solution to the problem alongside enforcement action.

The three sites will soon be fenced to offer grazing plots to horse owners to provide proper facilities for the animals’ welfare.

The capital costs associated with the necessary secure fencing works and landscape tree planting could not be met in full from the limited Northumberland County Council budget, and so a financial contribution of £2,000 had been requested from Newbiggin Town Council.

Town clerk Dennis Earl said: “The senior environmental enforcement office had reported an incredible response from the majority of horse owners co-operating with the project.

“Members were only too well aware of the long-term problems affecting local people’s homes and agreed to support the efforts now being made to solve them.”