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Petition to: Cut back and clear vegetation on or adjacent to bridleways around Reigate Heath

This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.

We the undersigned petition Surrey County Council to Cut back and clear vegetation on or adjacent to bridleways around Reigate Heath. More details

Petition update 2 from the council, 26 September 2018

This petition was heard by the Reigate and Banstead local committee on 17 September 2018, at Reigate Town Hall. The petition creator was able to attend the meeting and present the petition. The committee's response is published online, as part of the 'supplementary agenda' papers, and the minutes of the meeting will be online shortly.

There are two public bridleways, 13 & 15 Reigate, which run over Reigate Heath.BW 13 is a metalled road off Flanchford Road and BW 15 which runs past the Skimmington. There is also BW 11, although not on the registered heath is nearby, all other routes on the heath, used by horses are permissive. The County Council as the highway authority is responsible for clearing the surface vegetation of BWs 13, 15 and 11. Side growth such as hedges and overhanging branches are the
responsibility of the landowner, which on the heath is Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. There are a number of permissive bridleways which are provided and maintained by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. The county council has no maintenance responsibility towards these routes. The RBBC Countryside Officer reports that they have just completed a programme of clearing all their permissive routes, including those permissive bridleways.
The Countryside Access team operates an annual vegetation clearance
programme which has been reduced by 70% to reflect a decrease in budget.
Neither BW 11 or 13 have been on the schedule in the past, however a short section next to the Skimmington had previously been included but had been removed.
If the Countryside Access team receives a report of an overgrown public right of way, not on the schedule, then the path is monitored and added for cutting if there are sufficient reports from the public and funds are available. The team have received no reports from the public that either of these routes are overgrown and so were not on our annual vegetation programme for clearance. The Countryside Access team responds to reports of overgrown vegetation made via the
Countryside report a fault page on the Surrey County Council website

On receipt of this petition BW 11 and 12 have been inspected and two short sections of BW 12 by the car park and next to the Skimmington will be sent to our contractor for surface clearance and then added to next years’ annual clearance programme. The section of BW 11 between Ivy Cottage and the field will also be cleared and then included in next years’ programme. These and a number of additional paths in Reigate are programmed to be cut during the next week to the
standard surface specification width of 2 meters.

Petition update 1 from the council, 13 September 2018

This petition has met the relevant criteria to be considered by the Local Committee (Reigate and Banstead). This will be presented to the Local Committee on 17 September, at 2pm in the New Chamber at Reigate and Banstead offices in Reigate. The Committee will consider the petition and the officer response at the meeting. The response will be available to view online shortly: as the supplementary agenda.

You are more than welcome to attend and listen to the debate if you would like to.

More details from petition creator

Vegetation should be cleared to allow two horses to pass easily on the bridleway which is currently a hazard.

Current signatories

Helen Slade, the petition creator, joined by:

  • Amy Slade
  • Anne Smith
  • Nicky Parker
  • Taryn
  • Georgina Wood
  • Jenny Watson
  • Sally George
  • Elinor Leech
  • Abbie holland
  • Tania Forsdick
  • Antonia Thompson
  • Liz hale
  • Tessa Milsom
  • Kim milsom
  • Edmund Allen
  • Rosemary Allen
  • William Allen
  • Lesley Woods
  • Leila Royle-Davies
  • Erin marshall
  • Philippa Hamilton
  • Jillian Brady
  • Lynne clark
  • Amiee auston
  • Carol Alcock
  • Abigail Main
  • Samantha Marden
  • Lise Naughton
  • Lise Taylor
  • Elke Behrend
  • Jeni Paul
  • Gill cox
  • Sarah Nattrass
  • Hannah Davis
  • Carolyn Allen
  • Gill Wood
  • Carly Foss
  • Helena Hilliard
  • Louisa allen
  • Philippa Ingleby
  • Christine fuller
  • Alison Wynne-Jones
  • Murry sowter
  • Sarah williams
  • Olwen Svendsen
  • Emma Crouch
  • Helen sidey
  • Anna Perren
  • Babara McMaster
  • bernard gonsalves
  • Susie Cole
  • Andrew Hagon
  • Trudi Eustance
  • Penny Hesketh
  • Wendy Body
  • Luarn. Waller
  • Lindsey Harrap
  • Lucy roser
  • Helen howell
  • Updated: 25 Apr 2019