News & Petitions
On Sat 29 December 2018, having secured the agreement of SPTA , three WBA committee members plus a visiting friend from New Zealand, armed themselves with loppers and pruning saws and set about clearing the hawthrone bushes along a 300mtr length of a newly dedicated Permissive Bridleway.
The new dedicated Permisive Bridleway route is 3 metres wide and links the southern boundary of 'hard standing' opposite the main entrance of Rollestone Camp, Shrewton/Larkhill, with bridleway Shrewton 41.
This new section affords equines a much safer off-road option avoiding the fast moving traffic along that part of the busy Rollestone Road.
It is hoped that at some stage in the future, we may be able to extend north from the 'hard standing' towards the former Bustard Inn.
Many, many thanks to our volunteers!
Additional work has since been carried out to clear some fallen trees which were blown over by high winds.
Thanks also to the local land owners and Wiltshire Area Warden for the action.
Although the path has not been cleared
to it's full definitive width, it is available
for riders, cyclists and pedestrians
More improvement work will follow.
Historical plaque revealed
Hidden at on point along this route is the William Pitt plaque, which is advertised as an attraction by the Wiltshire Tourist Board. Although reasonably clear around the plaque, it was not previously accessible to visitors due to the path blockage.
New equine appropriate bridges have been installed on Pewsey 33 which leads into Milton Lilbourne 18A.
Do make a hack out that way and enjoy easy access to further routes from there.
Following lengthy communications (with plenty of photos) our Chairman has enabled this bridleway gate to be improved. Richard Broadhead and in particular Stephen Leonard, Senior Rights of Way Warden for Wiltshire have worked with us on this to get resolution.
Full report to be put on our web page very soon so that everyone can see more about what we do for you to enable enjoyment of safe bridleway access.
Continuing our campaign to ensure all routes are correctly sign posted we work with numerours other organisations to get signs replaced and reinstated. WBA will submit a monthly report to the Open Spaces Society as outlined in this article by Smallholder magazine. Exact location of the missing signage and designation of the PROW will be required, so do ensure that you identify the right of way correctly on your report.
It is sometimes hard to see what the Wiltshire Bridleway Association commitee members do for riders in Wiltshire unless you attend a meeting, get involved with a bridleway petition or read the meeting minutes.
If you wish to know more about what we do for you, do contact us directly, maybe you will read about an item that you reported in or know about?!
Alternatively you could be come an Area Representative for the place you most ofen enjoy hacking around - there are many benefits including prioritization of issue resolution in your area, fantastic knowledgeable support from existing experienced committee members, inclusion in all WBA meetings and minutes i.e. total awareness of all issues, connections with influential decision makers, ability to offer your localised community support and being happy in the knowledge that you are contributing to preserving bridleways in your local vicinity for everyone. contact us directly for more details.
Our 2017 AGM
And what you missed!
I can confidently say that the committee members were genuinely disappointed by the attendance at this year’s AGM.
For Thursday evenings’ meeting, the committee members
You missed learning about
You wouldn’t necessarily know that
As it was our AGM, you missed hearing about our finances which were presented and explained by our diligent treasurer.
1, can committee members be elected / co-opted at any time? – Yes
2, what is the benefit to being an Area Rep? – there are many benefits including prioritization of issue resolution in your area, fantastic knowledgeable support from existing experienced committee members, inclusion in all WBA meetings and minutes i.e. total awareness of all issues, connections with influential decision makers, ability to offer your localised community support and being happy in the knowledge that you are contributing to preserving bridleways in your local vicinity for everyone.
After a fantastic tea break, Phil Wadey, our guest speaker and Restoring Rights of Way aficionado
So despite everyone who did attend last night having a really inspiring and informative evening, we really wish more of you had come along.
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