Gate Post over the bridge is damaged and gate no longer swings
Reported via desktop in the Rights of Way category anonymously at 12:48, Friday 16 April 2021
Sent to Rutland County Council less than a minute later
Gate hanging post over the bridge is damaged and gate no longer swings and is impossible to open and close from a horse. Problem exacerbated by the hole off the bridge close to the clapping post where a horse could put a foot in and it drops down to the stream. This also needs attention please
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Posted by Rutland County Council at 11:55, Saturday 17 April 2021
THIS IS NOW EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND COULD INCUR LIABILITY IF A VALUABLE ANIMAL IS DAMAGED AS A RESULT OF INACTION TO REPEATED REPORTS.
The old wooden 12' gate over the river Gwash at Waterworks Cottage which is now over thirty years old, has become increasingly problematic and dangerous due to the holes and sheer drop five metres into the river, which due to erosion etc are edging ever closer to the slamming post, The slamming post has now rotted off and the gate is now instead roped onto a concrete post actually hanging over the river. It is totally impossible for any rider to traverse this gate without dismounting. Having been forced off one's horse, there is nowhere safe to remount, without leading the animal 100' or so onto the Brooke road in the one direction and nowhere at all in the other. In order to release the rope, the ill-hung gate has simultaneously also to be pulled from one side or equally pushed the from the other. Not only is it a two-handed job but a horse would be forced to put a foot down the sheer hole to the river. Not only is that out of the question, but horses will not even attempt to shuffle close because of the terrifying black gaping holes opening to the river below. This is NOT and was never a 12' gateway. The late Mr. Bruce, who put it up, always tried to make it as accessible as possible. The new owners who mow the batch are clearly attempting to put riders (other than themselves) off. I am not sure if the new owners now live at Waterworks cottage but I see a horse being taken from the paddocks round to the cottage. In order to make it 12' , both the hanging post and the slamming post must be moved away from the narrow bridge, giving a widening splay. This gate weighs a ton and slams on the rider. It should be properly hung or even replaced - and the facility to open and close it should be appropriate to a mounted rider.
Posted anonymously at 14:06, Thursday 22 July 2021
Thank you for your report. Works to rectify this defect have now been completed.
State changed to: Fixed
Posted by Rutland County Council at 08:55, Wednesday 11 August 2021
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