Horse riders’ pay twice row

County Coun Howard Henshaw

County Coun Howard Henshaw

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A ROW is brewing over council rules which horse riders claim are forcing them to pay twice to ride along St Annes beach.

Horse-riders say they are being discriminated against after Fylde Council said they needed to hand over insurance documents and log-books before buying a £15 permit to park on North Beach car park in St Annes – as well as buying a pay and display ticket.

And now a horse rider who suffered six broken ribs and a ruptured lung after she was attacked by a dog on the town’s beach is calling on the council to change its stance – or warning horse riders will be driven away.

“We have to pay £15 for the privilege of buying a pay and display ticket,” said Chris Peat, the British Horse Society’s regional bridleway officer for the North West, who raised the issue at a Lancashire County Council public rights of way and access forum.

“There has never been an accident involving a horse, so what are they discriminating against us for?

“People come in their droves with dogs to that car park and they cause absolute mayhem.

“I know people who don’t go to St Annes because of this rule.”

County Coun Howard Henshaw, who’s also a Fylde councillor, is a member of the access forum and said: “I think it needs sorting out very quickly because Fylde Council are asking for log books and insurance and making it very difficult.”

A spokesman for Fylde Council said: “There are by-laws which say only cars and motorbikes can park on our car parks.

“We’ve come to what we think is a fair compromise which is for £15 a year horse users can go on our car parks. Part of the deal is they have to prove to us they’ve got third party insurance because of a possibility of damage to other vehicles and also it covers other beach users.”