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Save our Routes in Broadway!

South Somerset Bridleways Association meeting: Broadway Village Hall, TA19 9RX

Tuesday 25th February 7-9pm

Somerset County Council’s Regulation Committee turned down the SSBA’s applications for the Broadway routes on 6th February.

We would like to meet with those riders and carriage drivers that are disappointed in this decision to explain the legal process and why it is so important to save these routes.

The SSBA will appeal the decision. There is still hope that our rights to these routes may not be lost if enough riders and carriage drivers engage with the process.

Please join us on Tuesday and help us save these routes.

Council to repair and reopen bridleway at Kingswood

The SSBA recently worked with South Somerset County Council with regards to issues along some of our bridleways. The responce we received is below. Thank you to those who brought the issues to our attention and to the Rights of Way Area Wardens for their help in keeping these vital routes open.

An update following my visit to Kingswood Farm last week. I have spoken to the landowner at Kingswood about us having reports that riders were being turned away from his farm and yes the Bridleway is still closed at the junction of Y 10/29 & Y 10/27 to Marsh Farm. 

We are going to carry our works along the bridleway from Common Lane to the Dorset border beyond Whitevine Farm which I will list below. (I have the works scheduled in for this month)
Where the B/W starts at common lane there will be a new bridleway gate installed beside the cattle grid.

Where the locked gate is there is now a wide gap this will remain but there will be a section of post and rail fence alongside the stream. Any other gates would have new easy opening arms fitted.

Going towards Whitevine Farm there has been a small gate fitted by the landowner but there is a ditch close to it, the ditch will be piped and a proper B/W gate will be installed the works here will be carried out by the landowner of Whitevine Farm.

Works to the gates going to Marsh Farm will not be done whilst it is under a closure notice, [we] will update you with the situation regarding the dangerous bridge and this closure.

Riders and carriage drivers of Broadway…… (UPDATED)

The SSBA applied for DMMOs for these routes:

  • Dingford Farm to Long Drove (bridleway)
  • Long Drove (bridleway)
  • Hare Lane to Long Drove (bridleway)
  • Hare Lane to Barrington Hill (restricted byway)

The four DMMOs applied for by the SSBA for the above routes will be considered by Somerset County Council’s Regulation Committee at a meeting in Taunton on Thursday 6th February 2020 at 10am.

NEW VENUE: JMR, The Deane House, Taunton TA1 1HE

Details of upcoming meetings of the Regulation Committee can be viewed on Somerset County Council’s website: www.somerset.gov.uk/regulationcommittee.

Anyone can attend the meeting but if you wish to speak you must inform Peter Stiles, the Committee Administrator by 5.00pm three clear working days before the meeting: democraticservices@somerset.gov.uk or 01823 357628 (i.e. 5.00pm on the Friday before the meeting). More information can be found here or get in touch with us if you would like to pass on a comment.

Proposed creation of a public bridleway over land in Donyatt

Somerset County Council (SCC) is proposing to create a route as a public bridleway over land which was excluded from the recent SCC farm sale and would be pleased to receive your comments.

The lawful width of the route will be restricted to a maximum of 3m throughout except where it passes through existing field gates and a 1.5m wide gate will be installed adjacent to the existing field gate at location A (see plan below). The final position of the gate is to be confirmed following this consultation.

The proposed bridleway route is shown on the plan below.

Please do send your comments or questions on this proposal to Mr Loren Eldred, SCC Rights of Way Officer by the 20th December 2019: LEldred@somerset.gov.uk

AGM and talk “Weird tales of Bridleways”

Please do come along to our AGM on Tuesday 22nd October at the Wyndham Arms, Kingsbury Episcopi TA12 6AT at 7.30pm.

This will be followed by our speaker Caroline Baldock who was one of the first women to be granted a professional jockeys licence. She will entertain us with “Weird tales of Bridleways”.

We’d love to see as many of you there as possible.

Stourhead and Penselwood Read and Ride Sunday 6th October

A 9 mile ride through the Stourhead estate with wonderful scenery and woodland tracks. This is a read and ride route; you will be given a map and written instructions. £12.00 per rider.

Start time 9.30am, last rider to start no later than 10.45am.

To book your place phone Penny Varnes on 01747 840680 or 07494 895940

Complete the entry form here and bring it with you or email to pvarnes2@gmail.com

Directions to venue, Bonham Airfield in Bells Lane, Stourton:

Grid Reference 780336

From the west, A303 take the Tinkers Hill exit east of Wincanton signed for Gillingham and Blandford. Turn right at the T junction and follow the road to Zeals. Turn left signed to St Martin’s Business Park. Parking is on the left after approximately 1 mile.

From Frome, take the B3092 turn right to Stourhead, then left into Bells Lane. Parking is a short distance on the right.

Saving Swallows

Nancy (one of our members) was shocked to find that one of the two swallows nesting in her barn had become tangled and died in a loop of binder twine which was included in the nest.

Perhaps due to the dry spring, not enough mud was foundfor nest building.

So the message is, please collect and put away all the odd bits of twine from hay bales.

Swallows nesting in stables are precious to us.