Illegal horses evicted from housing estate
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities, Housing, Legal
A group of trespassing horses has been removed from a housing estate by the authorities.
The 10 animals were evicted by Winchester City Council accompanied by GRC Bailiffs in the early hours of yesterday morning, following previous warnings.
The horses have been on the site in Waterlooville for some time and the council had given notice to the beasts' owner that it would seize the creatures if they were left on the land.
The horses had repeatedly strayed into the road, posing serious road traffic hazards, and into residents’ gardens causing nuisance.
The owner has been advised that he will have to pay full costs, including any veterinary costs, in order to recover the animals after bailiffs took them away.
He will also have to provide evidence to show that they are his horses and arrange for them to be chipped and passported if he wants them back. The action was taken under The Hampshire Act 1983.
GRC Bailiffs have over 10 years of experience in seizing horses and the council was pleased with the calm and efficient manner in which they carried out this operation.
Cllr Jan Warwick, portfolio holder for environment & neighbourhoods, said: “This action by the environmental health team sends a clear message to irresponsible elements in the region’s equine community that unauthorised and uncontrolled use of open space for the grazing of horses will not be tolerated.
“The council investigated the law, brought together the relevant agencies and carried out a textbook operation. The action will also help the Council to ensure that the horses are looked after appropriately and not grazed on an unauthorised site.”