TOUGHEr measures are needed to stop horse-riders trampling grass at a park in East Shields, says a local councillor.
Signs were placed in Cleadon Recreational Park, off Quarry Lane, two years ago warning riders that they are not allowed in the park.
However, Coun George Elsom says the signs are not working, so barriers should be installed too.
The Cleadon Park councillor said: “The horse-riders take no notice of the signs. They are rather high up, and some have said they just haven’t noticed them.
“They are mainly young girls who ride here, but often adults have been seen in the park too.
“They gallop across the fields and churn up the grass.”
Coun Elsom believes that if fencing of the right height is put in place, pedestrians, even those with pushchairs, could easily pass through or under it, but it would keep out equestrians.
He said: “I am asking for a combination of fencing to be erected to allow pedestrians with pushchairs and prams to access the park, but horses will not be able to, unless they can jump a 1.4-metre-high railing.
“It would also be a hindrance to motorbikes.
“These riders are wrongly giving all horse-riders a bad reputation.
“I am also not sure whether all these horse-riders are insured, so what will happen if there is an accident?”