Horse ban planned for Newbridge urban area

Pilot project

Horse ban planned for Newbridge urban area

The public is about to have its say on banning stray horses from the Newbridge urban area.

A pilot project is underway in Newbridge and Athy to tackle stray horses roaming estates, causing problems for residents and landowners.

The new Control of Horses Bye-law 2016 is to be put out for public consultation next month. Locals will have their say from February 13 after the next meeting of the Kildare/Newbridge Muncipal District.

Cllr Fiona O’Loughlin (FF) said the issue was raised over a year ago when there were horses causing problems in Dara Park. She said the horses were on neighbouring property and then moved into the estate.

“I know Athy also had a particular problem,” she said.

Cllr Suzanne Doyle and Cllr Joanne Pender asked if Kildare town could be included as they were aware there had been a similar problem near the Educate Together School’s former home.

Council officials said this was a pilot project for Newbridge and Athy and it could be rolled out to other areas depending on its progress. The official who distributed the bye-law document pointed out there was a section, which allowed for those who legitimately owned or looked after horses. Those with a microchipped horse or horse with a passport are exempt. The bye-laws also make allowances for those who own or lease a premises for horses which is registered with the Department of Agriculture. The council was also informed the bye-laws would not interfere with equestrian events.

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