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ANIMAL WELFARE: Gerrards Cross residents frustrated with ongoing horse and trap racing

 Published on: 22nd October 2022   |   By: Christina Pantelly   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents have shared their frustrations as a busy Gerrards Cross road continues to be used for horse and trap racing.

One resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, says racers gather at around 11am on Sundays at Gerrards Cross Golf Club, unload their ponies and traps, and race along the A413 around Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter.

The resident, who has reported the issue via 101, is worried about the horses’ welfare and said the racers park on the central reservation.

They added: “It should be stopped as it’s unkind to the ponies.

“They’re quite intimidating people and refuse to move out of the way for other road users. Police have sat in vans watching the racing seemingly not doing anything to stop it. Why is this allowed to continue? It affects most locals as the main road from Gerrards Cross to Denham is blocked.”

Another resident, Sharon van Geuns, 46, has called the police a number of times about the ongoing situation.

Sharon said: “It does seem like their hands are tied unless there is an injury or a blockage of the road.

“It’s frustrating for us residents because it’s been going on for years.”

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said: “We are aware of the horse and trap racing which took place on Sunday, October 2, on the A413 near to Chalfont St Peter.

“Additional resourcing was put in place and officers engaged in high-visibility patrols to ensure the safety of road users which was the main priority, while also trying to limit the impact on the wider community.

“Going forward, we are working with local governmental agencies and community groups to develop lasting measures, with the aim of preventing similar events taking place in future.”

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