A planning inspector has rejected proposals to erect electric fencing across Telscombe Tye common — an East Sussex beauty spot and popular place for riding — following a four-day inquiry. Objections were heard from the British Horse Society (BHS) and others.
Previously, electric fencing obstructing a bridleway across the common was removed after persistent requests from Jackie Rowland, BHS County Access and Bridleway Officer.
Landowner Telscombe Town Council then applied for permission to re-erect and add to the fencing. But the inspector said the fences and gate would provide a physical barrier to access that would impact most upon horse riders and wheelchair users.
This news release was first published in Horse & Hound (8 March, ’07)