Dog walkers angry at being shut out of coast path at Weston, Portland

Dorset Echo: PATH WOE: Dog walkers Mossie Carmody, Jennifer Reynolds and Peter Jeffrey are unhappy about their route to the coast path being fenced off PATH WOE: Dog walkers Mossie Carmody, Jennifer Reynolds and Peter Jeffrey are unhappy about their route to the coast path being fenced off

DOG walkers claim they have been shut out after a popular route to the coastal path was fenced off.

Residents of Weston, Portland, say that walkers have been accessing the island cliff path from behind Croft Road for more than 40 years.

They were stunned when a barbed wire fence was erected around the Albion Stone-owned land, which is now rented out for horses to be kept on.

Croft Road resident Jennifer Reynolds said: “Myself and a significant number of other residents are most annoyed about it.

“People have been using this route for 40 or 50 years.

“This has been open ground all my life. Do they want to shut the island off so people cannot walk here?”

The residents claim that the alternative route they now have to use to access the coastal path is dangerous.

Mrs Reynolds said: “They’ve fenced it off and shut us all out.

“We didn’t get any notice this was going to happen.

“There is now no access to cliff paths, only over a high bank which is dangerous.”

Mossie Carmody, of Croft Road, regularly walks his dog Barkis along the cliff path.

He said: “I think this is terrible. The pathway should be kept open. I don’t know why this has been done.”

Residents are urging people to make a complaint to resident coordinator Steve Guest who is putting together a right of way claim.

More than 50 complaints have been received so far.

Dog fosterer Kim Campbell, of Wakeham Road, said she has had to change the route of her dog walks as a result. She said: “If one of the dogs is pulling then I can’t go up and across the bank.”

Michael Poultney, managing director of Albion Stone, said the land was rented out because of problems with fly tipping.

He said the land is popular with fly-tippers because it runs alongside vehicular access to Blacknor Fort.

Mr Poultney said: “Someone said they wanted to have a horse on the land. We were glad because the land needed a bit of tidying.

“Once someone finally started tidying up there it seemed to be open season on fly-tipping.”

Albion Stone is keen to hear from any residents who wish to comment on the land.

Any residents who wish to contact Albion Stone about the land should call 01737 771772.

A SPOKESMAN for Dorset County Council's Rights of Way team said residents can submit a claim for the path to be a public right of way.

He said: “We have received a number of complaints from people that a fence has been put across a path near Blacknor Fort on Portland. We have visited the site with a resident and found that the path is not on the definitive map of public rights of way.

“The fact that a fence has been placed across the path brings into challenge the public’s right to use the path.

“We have provided the resident with a pack to use to submit a claim for the path to be included on Dorset’s definitive map.”

Anyone who has evidence that can be used for the claim should contact resident coordinator Steve Guest on 01305 860952.

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5:17pm Thu 21 Jun 12

YerTisThsUn says...

Surely Poultney & His Company Albion Stone only RENT the land from the Crown? Poultney cannot own it as I believe it is Crown land.I would also call into question Poultney's as someone who lease's the land as to wether he has the right to then sub-let the self same land?.Also as a Resident in the nearby area but not in Croft Rod may I add, I regularly walk this area and the only evidence I have seen of so called fly tipping is a few Wheelbarrow's full of degradable garden waste. There has been nothing like old sofa's and fridges and the like dumped there. I am led to believe by others that the Person involved in the fencing off of the land is a Michael Chappel. I for one will be doing my best to get this stopped a.s.a.p
Surely Poultney & His Company Albion Stone only RENT the land from the Crown? Poultney cannot own it as I believe it is Crown land.I would also call into question Poultney's as someone who lease's the land as to wether he has the right to then sub-let the self same land?.Also as a Resident in the nearby area but not in Croft Rod may I add, I regularly walk this area and the only evidence I have seen of so called fly tipping is a few Wheelbarrow's full of degradable garden waste. There has been nothing like old sofa's and fridges and the like dumped there. I am led to believe by others that the Person involved in the fencing off of the land is a Michael Chappel. I for one will be doing my best to get this stopped a.s.a.p YerTisThsUn

9:17pm Thu 21 Jun 12

Merlin of Britain says...

So, some doggers are angry, are they..?? Oh Dear, 'Ow sad, What A Shame..!! NOW they may understand in some small way the FURY they engender in others by taking their dogs onto land THEY don't 'own' - whether countryside or shoreline anywhere. It is IMPOSSIBLE to go ANYWHERE in this country without encountering dogs & doggers. Almost as if they're saying "What a lovely day - let's take the dogs out and ruin it for other people..!!"
Dogs are even to be seen on Nature Reserves - and frequently OFF LEAD, although that's against the rules. A friend in Sacramento tells me that in California, dogs are BANNED from Wildlife Reserves, adding "That's what 'Dog Parks' are for..!!" Perhaps the time has come for us to introduce the concept of Dog Parks over here - we seem to ape everything else they do in the USA..??!!
So, some doggers are angry, are they..?? Oh Dear, 'Ow sad, What A Shame..!! NOW they may understand in some small way the FURY they engender in others by taking their dogs onto land THEY don't 'own' - whether countryside or shoreline anywhere. It is IMPOSSIBLE to go ANYWHERE in this country without encountering dogs & doggers. Almost as if they're saying "What a lovely day - let's take the dogs out and ruin it for other people..!!" Dogs are even to be seen on Nature Reserves - and frequently OFF LEAD, although that's against the rules. A friend in Sacramento tells me that in California, dogs are BANNED from Wildlife Reserves, adding "That's what 'Dog Parks' are for..!!" Perhaps the time has come for us to introduce the concept of Dog Parks over here - we seem to ape everything else they do in the USA..??!! Merlin of Britain

10:54am Fri 22 Jun 12

JamesYoung says...

Sounds to me like the real issue is fly tippers. If they tip on your land, the council still expects you to pay their ridiculous fees for waste disposal. You can understand why this would be a problem for a business.
Sounds to me like the real issue is fly tippers. If they tip on your land, the council still expects you to pay their ridiculous fees for waste disposal. You can understand why this would be a problem for a business. JamesYoung

6:05pm Fri 22 Jun 12

Senlac says...

Merlin of Britain wrote:
So, some doggers are angry, are they..?? Oh Dear, 'Ow sad, What A Shame..!! NOW they may understand in some small way the FURY they engender in others by taking their dogs onto land THEY don't 'own' - whether countryside or shoreline anywhere. It is IMPOSSIBLE to go ANYWHERE in this country without encountering dogs & doggers. Almost as if they're saying "What a lovely day - let's take the dogs out and ruin it for other people..!!" Dogs are even to be seen on Nature Reserves - and frequently OFF LEAD, although that's against the rules. A friend in Sacramento tells me that in California, dogs are BANNED from Wildlife Reserves, adding "That's what 'Dog Parks' are for..!!" Perhaps the time has come for us to introduce the concept of Dog Parks over here - we seem to ape everything else they do in the USA..??!!
And breathe ... er ... on second thoughts, don't bother ...
[quote][p][bold]Merlin of Britain[/bold] wrote: So, some doggers are angry, are they..?? Oh Dear, 'Ow sad, What A Shame..!! NOW they may understand in some small way the FURY they engender in others by taking their dogs onto land THEY don't 'own' - whether countryside or shoreline anywhere. It is IMPOSSIBLE to go ANYWHERE in this country without encountering dogs & doggers. Almost as if they're saying "What a lovely day - let's take the dogs out and ruin it for other people..!!" Dogs are even to be seen on Nature Reserves - and frequently OFF LEAD, although that's against the rules. A friend in Sacramento tells me that in California, dogs are BANNED from Wildlife Reserves, adding "That's what 'Dog Parks' are for..!!" Perhaps the time has come for us to introduce the concept of Dog Parks over here - we seem to ape everything else they do in the USA..??!![/p][/quote]And breathe ... er ... on second thoughts, don't bother ... Senlac

7:34pm Fri 22 Jun 12

radiator says...

@Merlin, So we can safely think that you dont like dogs and that no one should have the pleasure in owning and loving one.
@Merlin, So we can safely think that you dont like dogs and that no one should have the pleasure in owning and loving one. radiator

9:45pm Fri 22 Jun 12

common cence says...

Forget the dogs/ fly tippers /ect take more notice of what the greedy stone firm is doing to portland / the grazing rights for horses brings in money / check on all foot paths that are on crown land where a/s have quarry rights and complain to d.c.c.you will find plenty of obstructions to complain about.
Forget the dogs/ fly tippers /ect take more notice of what the greedy stone firm is doing to portland / the grazing rights for horses brings in money / check on all foot paths that are on crown land where a/s have quarry rights and complain to d.c.c.you will find plenty of obstructions to complain about. common cence

10:33pm Fri 22 Jun 12

Merlin of Britain says...

@ radiator: by all means keep a f*****-up Wolf if you MUST (personally I druther have the REAL THING - not something genetically-modified by we whimsical, aberrant chimpanzees..!!) - but keep it on your OWN land and don't shove it down other people's throats OR let it terrorise or savage Wildlife - we've already stolen 99.99% of the habitats of Other Species as it is. Surely they are entitled to a little peace and quiet in what little space we SEVEN BILLION hominids have, in our magnanimity, left them..??
@ radiator: by all means keep a f*****-up Wolf if you MUST (personally I druther have the REAL THING - not something genetically-modified by we whimsical, aberrant chimpanzees..!!) - but keep it on your OWN land and don't shove it down other people's throats OR let it terrorise or savage Wildlife - we've already stolen 99.99% of the habitats of Other Species as it is. Surely they are entitled to a little peace and quiet in what little space we SEVEN BILLION hominids have, in our magnanimity, left them..?? Merlin of Britain

6:38pm Sun 24 Jun 12

billy1962 says...

this is just a bunch of angry dog walkers who cant let there dogs **** anywhere anymore, mrs reynolds has jut been fined by the dog warden for not picking her dog mess up from the land owned by albion. this land land was fenced a couple of years back ,for horses but the lady moved off, and be for that eric harding grew crops and had cows there and it was fenced,every true portlander will no this, all the residents have to do now is use the proper route to the cliff path ,THE FOOTPATH, i walk my to dogs every day just walk around ,its someones land get use to it ,as for the fly tipping doesnt matter wot waste it is its still fly tipping ,and yes there was allsorts of rubbish
this is just a bunch of angry dog walkers who cant let there dogs **** anywhere anymore, mrs reynolds has jut been fined by the dog warden for not picking her dog mess up from the land owned by albion. this land land was fenced a couple of years back ,for horses but the lady moved off, and be for that eric harding grew crops and had cows there and it was fenced,every true portlander will no this, all the residents have to do now is use the proper route to the cliff path ,THE FOOTPATH, i walk my to dogs every day just walk around ,its someones land get use to it ,as for the fly tipping doesnt matter wot waste it is its still fly tipping ,and yes there was allsorts of rubbish billy1962

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