The Working Horse Trust

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 Summary News Update- July 2017
TIME RUNS OUT FOR THE TRUST AT ERIDGE

The Trusts final deadline of September 30th 2017 to vacate the site it has called home for the past 23 years has now passed.

The Trust’s landlord, Sir Christopher Nevill the Marquess of Abergavenney, is insistent that the Nevill Estate Company has another use in mind for the premises that the Trust’s volunteers have painstakingly built over some considerable time, but has declined to give any meaningful explanation for the Trust’s tenancy not being renewed.

Sadly, the Trust has been unsuccessful in its prolonged search for suitable new premises in the area. BUT IT HAS NOT GIVEN UP. Plan B has swung in to action and temporary homes have been found for its horses (far sooner than originally planned) and safe storage for its vehicles and equipment has been secured. The search will go on.

 

NEW HOME, THE SEARCH GOES ON

The Trust will continue to hunt for a new home despite the set-backs and near misses it has experienced over the past couple of years. It has recently submitted a tender to Surrey County Council for a small farm reasonably near-by in West Sussex and at the time of writing await a response. The Trustees have decided to persevere for at least another six months to a year. As a reminder, the Trust is looking to rent around 25 to 35 acres of land with some buildings attached. We need around 500 to 600 sq. mtrs of covered space to house our horses over winter plus a range of building to store equipment, hay, straw etc. (although we could put these up, with permission). We are prepared to do some renovation/upgrade work if necessary. The availability of buildings is proving to be a major issue as it is now so easy and common for redundant farm buildings to attract planning consent for alternative uses and therefore to be sold for quite considerable sums. Another challenge for the Trust is location as it is important to stay within reasonable distance of its current base so as to retain its team of dedicated volunteers.

 

 

All correspondence should be sent to the Trust’s Registered Office:
39 Berrylands Road
Surbiton
Surrey
KT5 8PA
Email  – enquiries@theworkinghorsetrust.org

Please Telephone Jo Ambrose on

The landline number – 02083 907 351

For further information we have not given up the fight and are just suspending
our normal activities temporarily for now

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