A gate next to a high stile on a public footpath which leads from Regatta Meadows across the Wilminster park estate in Remenham was nailed shut just over a week ago.
This has meant that the footpath is closed to many dog owners who aren’t able to carry their dogs over the high stile as well as less able-bodied people who would also struggle to get over the stile.
The Herald contacted Wokingham District Council, Remenham Parish Council, the Open Spaces Society and the Chiltern Society to ask them to investigate. John Halsall, Chair of Remenham Paris Council has now confirmed that “The landowner was worried about her own dogs getting out. She is going to install two new dog friendly stiles probably in November and the Parish Council have agreed to share the cost.”
Kate Tooley who brought this to our attention said, “I’ve bumped into a lot of people who are very irate about this. I understand why the landowner was concerned as there was a fiddly piece of string on the gate which people didn’t always secure but instead of just nailing the gate shut why didn’t the landowner put a sign up to say why and their intentions.”