Police crackdown on horse riders damaging Slindon footpath

POLICE are cracking down on the illegal use of the footpaths by horse riders in the Slindon area, following a spate of trespass and criminal damage on a public right of way.

The South Downs Joint Committee, which is responsible for managing the footpaths on the South Downs on behalf of West Sussex County Council, has received complaints from residents and legitimate users about horse riders using footpaths in the Slindon/Aldingbourne area.

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The surface of the footpath 376 which runs between Slindon Bottom Road and Britten's Lane has become impassable especially in wet winter months. Therefore, South Downs Joint Committee Rangers felt it necessary to put up signs advising that riders should not be using the path.

A fence with pedestrian access across the path, which cost 500,has been chopped down.

For full story see West Sussex Gazette December 31