Fly-grazing public consultation
Fly-grazing, or the illegal placing of horses on land without permission, and abandonment, has been happening in Nottinghamshire over a number of years. Nationally there has also been an increase in the number of complaints and incidents relating to horses tethered and trespassing on council and private land, straying onto highways and footpaths, causing a danger to the public, nuisance and concerns about horse welfare.
Draft guidance has been established in order to give consistency and direction to local authorities and their partner agencies when dealing with horse related issues, particularly in relation to fly-grazing. It provides clarification of the roles and responsibilities for local agencies and details of the processes involved.
This document is intended to provide guidance on the management of illegally placed horses for officers of Nottinghamshire County Council and Newark and Sherwood District Council.
External bodies or persons are advised to take their own independent legal advice before taking action.
Please note that although the guidance refers to horses specifically, the principles also apply to other similar animals such as donkeys, ponies and their hybrids.
Your views are needed as they will help shape responses to this community concern.
The consultation will be for 6 weeks ending on Friday 30 September