A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Road Improvement scheme

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A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Road Improvement scheme

Received 05 June 2021
From Hannah Hambleton-Jewell

Representation

I am a veterinary surgeon & horse rider who lives in the local area. We have 4 horses on our yard, each with different riders. I have personally experienced many near misses riding on the roads in the area as I believe commuters often skip through the villages from the black cat roundabout to avoid traffic. These road users are often very impolite and drive very close, leaving minimal room & are unwilling to slow down. I really do fear for my safety, the safety of the drivers, other riders, cyclists & my horse. I have personally through work seen the damage that can be done in road traffic accidents involving horses & I believe it is only a matter of time a until a tragedy occurs on our roads. I also had an accident on my horse two years ago, where a bridleway bridge gave away underneath us and my horse got trapped. Thankfully I managed to get away without being injured but it was extremely scary. I also ended up having to call the fire brigade to help free my horse from this bridge. All of which could have been completely avoidable if there were more appropriate off road hacking routes in our area. It is for this reason I strongly urge you to consider the safety of people’s daughters/children/wives/mothers/fathers who all just enjoy getting out in the countryside with their horses and provide safer routes whilst there is the opportunity (during a time of development-which I suspect will only make the roads busier & more dangerous) and hence prevent an inevitable accident under the current circumstances.