A NEW gate is the ‘mane’ way being tried to stop horses from trampling the grass at a South Shields park.
A ‘horse inhibitor gate’ has been placed at The Lonnen entrance of Cleadon Recreational Park to stop horse riders from entering.
In the past riders have taken their animals into the park and their hooves have churned up the grass – despite there being a number of signs saying they’re not allowed in.
Coun Alex Donaldson, the Cleadon Park ward’s Labour representative, said: “Residents and park users have been complaining for quite some time about this issue, the grass was ending up very messy and muddy,
“We asked council officers for advice on what could be done to fix the matter and they came up with the idea of horse inhibitor the gate.”
The gate involves two posts which are too narrow for horses to squeeze through.
However, there’s still plenty of space for pedestrians and pushchairs to pass through.
Coun Donaldson added: Already a number of residents have been in touch to say how pleased they are with the gate.
“Hopefully this will help to keep the park nice and tidy for everyone to enjoy.”