Council awarded for horse safety

​Date: 15/10/14

Wakefield Council has picked up a national award from the RSPCA for its work in horse safety and tackling fly-grazing.

The Innovator award was given to the Council for its work in looking after horses, which has included making sure the animals are properly micro-chipped, have correct paperwork and regular welfare checks. The Council also works with the police to reduce the number of horses left in areas without land owners' permission.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities said: "I am delighted that we have received this award which highlights our ongoing commitment and efforts to ensure horses are properly cared for and to allow people, who wish to enjoy our green spaces and rights of way, can do so, safely."

The Council has also been recognised for influencing a private members' bill that is currently going through parliament to give local authorities better powers to control horses left on land without permission.