Sign to stop horses grazing

The council have ‘no immediate plans’ to build any houses on their land behind Pattison’s Estate, says town manager Ian McCormack.

The council have ‘no immediate plans’ to build any houses on their land behind Pattison’s Estate, says town manager Ian McCormack.

The land has being used to illegally graze horses, one of which died last summer when it impaled itself trying to jump over a fence into the estate. A new lock has since been placed on the gate, replacing a broken one.

“It’s not nice to be woken up and told to come look at a horse with its insides spread out on the path,” said Cllr Payne.

Mountmellick town councillor Bobby Delaney suggested putting up ‘lands are poisoned’ signs to stop people bringing in horses.

“I suggested it but Cllr Lynch said it is illegal under the wildlife act,” he said at the November meeting.

“A ‘private property’ sign is to be erected on the gate,” reported town clerk Pamela Tynan.

“There was a bonfire on it at Halloween. People think it’s common ground. It they are too long on it, they will have squatters’ rights,” said Cllr Ollie Payne.

“I would plead again, if horses are going to be let in, put up good fencing,” said Cllr Delaney.

“We will try and address it again and get a better answer in December,” said chairman Cllr Paddy Bracken.

“I would like to thank Denise Quinn, she stayed with the horse a good hour while he died. She was greater help than a lot of us to that animal in his distress,” said Cllr Bobby Delaney.