Ongoing Problems

BW310 – Jordans to Dukes Drive, Newdigate.   

Beware sheep wire and unofficial diversion!   Beware also deep bog next to dumped rubble on path!

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In Capel, the bridleway which runs from Clarks Green roundabout to Weare Street crosses the railway line.   Unfortunately, the new gates have been installed with no reference to the British Horse Society and the result is potentially dangerous.   We are in discussion with Network Rail and the Office of Rail Regulation and hopefully this will soon be rectified.

The latest on this is that the local riders find it acceptable now that there is room to manoeuvre a horse, but the BHS would prefer all gates to open away from the track with no latches.   They should be push open, so that riders do not waste time on the track side.  Spring closing would be better.

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The bridleway through Reffolds Copse joins Parkgate Road in Newdigate on a very difficult (blind) exit.   SCC Highways have been asked for help, but seem unconcerned.   Eventually, we were given a triangle warning sign tacked on the back of another old one on the opposite side of the road, approx. 140 yds/120 m (?) before.   Negotiations have been started with the owner of the property to see whether some of the hedging/trees can be cut away to give better visibility to the right.

We have now bought and installed a convex mirror on the tree opposite to help riders see down the road, but great care still needs to be taken when exiting this path.

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SCC Highways have been asked again for the sightlines to be cleared back (23rd May 2014) but as yet (3rd June) no answer or action has been forthcoming!

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