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Horses poo on Shoreham's new footbridge

The Argus: Horses poo on Shoreham's new footbridge Horses poo on Shoreham's new footbridge

The new Adur Ferry Bridge has been professionally cleaned just days after opening because horses have defecated on it. 

Tens of thousands of pedestrians have already used the £9.8 million Shoreham footbridge since it opened last week - but it took just four horses to cause the damage. 

Adur District Council leader Neil Parkin branded the actions of the people “stupid and dangerous”.

He said: “The chairman of the council had seen two silly people with their horses on the bridge on Saturday.

“They were then writing on Facebook about what they had done. They were bragging about it. But the horses had pooed all over the bridge.

“They were lucky to get lucky away with it. The horses could have bolted.

“The Worthing and Adur Tidy Clean agreed to go down on Sunday and clean it up. Bless 'em.”

He said they were set to return to the bridge yesterday and use high-pressure hoses to wash away the remaining mess.

He added: “It's beyond silly. It is stupid and dangerous. If the horses had seen the river they could have gone in - with the riders.

“Now signage is being put up informing people it's not a bridle path.”

Scores of people also took to social networking sites to complain. One man said: “I love horses, but you have to admit it was a bit off letting them **** on the new bridge on the first week of it being open.”

One of the horse-rider's mothers said she had reported people's comments to Sussex Police.

Stephanie Whibley said on the social networking site she felt her daughter, Holly Whibley, was being abused.

Yesterday she told The Argus: “It was a beautiful day and as a group we thought we would take part in the celebrations.

“It did not say we couldn't ride across the bridge and, as we could the old one, we thought it was ok.

“The majority of people enjoyed the sight and thought it was lovely. Unfortunately, as nature is unstoppable, two of the horses left a deposit.

“The social media is wonderful when used right. However this was a witch hunt.”

An Adur and Worthing Council spokesman, who said she could not estimate how much the clean-up cost, said: “We don't normally cover the bridge as this is the responsibility of West Sussex County Council but we noticed it needed cleaning and on this occasion we gave it a wash."

Below are some tweets posted on the day of the bridge opening, last Thursday:

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5:26pm Mon 18 Nov 13

JoeBlow says...

Anna, it's a bit naughty of you to use us as your proofreaders and then delete our posts when you correct your errors. Where's your journalistic integrity?

Besides which, that typo was quite amusing. For those who missed it, the article originally stated that "the horses had pooed all over the bride".
Anna, it's a bit naughty of you to use us as your proofreaders and then delete our posts when you correct your errors. Where's your journalistic integrity? Besides which, that typo was quite amusing. For those who missed it, the article originally stated that "the horses had pooed all over the bride". JoeBlow
  • Score: 67

5:03am Tue 19 Nov 13

Tiggs2203t says...

I think the horse riders should be made to pay for the clean up! If you horse messes on a footpath/bridge you should have to clean it up. Don't see the difference between horse poo and dog poo, apart from horse poo being bigger! Disgusting!!
I think the horse riders should be made to pay for the clean up! If you horse messes on a footpath/bridge you should have to clean it up. Don't see the difference between horse poo and dog poo, apart from horse poo being bigger! Disgusting!! Tiggs2203t
  • Score: 51

6:53am Tue 19 Nov 13

Juleyanne says...

Makes great manure for the garden! Get your shovels and get gardening and recycling!
Makes great manure for the garden! Get your shovels and get gardening and recycling! Juleyanne
  • Score: 8

6:53am Tue 19 Nov 13

Juleyanne says...

Makes great manure for the garden! Get your shovels and get gardening and recycling!
Makes great manure for the garden! Get your shovels and get gardening and recycling! Juleyanne
  • Score: -1

6:58am Tue 19 Nov 13

vivahate says...

Who gives a ****?
Who gives a ****? vivahate
  • Score: 5

7:02am Tue 19 Nov 13

medianscore says...

Horse manure is the correct term.
Horse manure is the correct term. medianscore
  • Score: 9

7:14am Tue 19 Nov 13

HJarrs says...

Proper local news, so far this week we have have had kitten stuck up tree and now the revelation that horses poo!
Proper local news, so far this week we have have had kitten stuck up tree and now the revelation that horses poo! HJarrs
  • Score: 6

8:06am Tue 19 Nov 13

kipper12 says...

first story today "MAN DIES ON A27 " gets a 7 line story !!!!

"HORSES CRAP ON NEW BRIDGE" whole bloody page !!!!!!!

now lets get this into prospective eh ???? think of the family in their loss not a pile of **** on a bridge !!!!
first story today "MAN DIES ON A27 " gets a 7 line story !!!! "HORSES CRAP ON NEW BRIDGE" whole bloody page !!!!!!! now lets get this into prospective eh ???? think of the family in their loss not a pile of **** on a bridge !!!! kipper12
  • Score: 41

8:23am Tue 19 Nov 13

Sussex jim says...

Professional cleaning? A man with a broom would have done the job. Let it dry, and then over the side into the Adur.
Go back 100 years, and every street would have horse manure.
Professional cleaning? A man with a broom would have done the job. Let it dry, and then over the side into the Adur. Go back 100 years, and every street would have horse manure. Sussex jim
  • Score: 26

8:45am Tue 19 Nov 13

s_james says...

Amazes me how horses are allowed to c**p all over public roads – they should be subject to the same bylaws as dogs. In other countries I’ve seen horses wearing a leather pouch thing which catches their poo – this should be compulsory over here too. Its disgusting
Amazes me how horses are allowed to c**p all over public roads – they should be subject to the same bylaws as dogs. In other countries I’ve seen horses wearing a leather pouch thing which catches their poo – this should be compulsory over here too. Its disgusting s_james
  • Score: 21

8:56am Tue 19 Nov 13

Nobody of Importance says...

JoeBlow, perhaps they thought it was a 'bridal path'.
JoeBlow, perhaps they thought it was a 'bridal path'. Nobody of Importance
  • Score: 6

9:02am Tue 19 Nov 13

jimthedoorman says...

The only time I've seen a bigger pile of crap is the Argus returns from my newsagent.
The only time I've seen a bigger pile of crap is the Argus returns from my newsagent. jimthedoorman
  • Score: 18

9:05am Tue 19 Nov 13

Boshay says...

Boo-hoo ..

Why do people who use social media to brag about their questionable exploits, then cry foul when people use that very same medium to criticise their questionable exploits?

Surely they have opened the debate by posting and should be prepared that not everyone may agree with them?
Boo-hoo .. Why do people who use social media to brag about their questionable exploits, then cry foul when people use that very same medium to criticise their questionable exploits? Surely they have opened the debate by posting and should be prepared that not everyone may agree with them? Boshay
  • Score: 32

9:11am Tue 19 Nov 13

John Steed says...

what about spray painting the bridge with little yellow horses and clean it up underneath, bit like the street art in worthing that dog owners pay not a single shread of notice.
what about spray painting the bridge with little yellow horses and clean it up underneath, bit like the street art in worthing that dog owners pay not a single shread of notice. John Steed
  • Score: 7

9:55am Tue 19 Nov 13

plantwoman says...

Does it actually say 'no horses' anywhere? It's not much different to riding across the toll bridge further along, except the toll bridge is slightly wider. Horses will be horses and you can't tell when they're going to 'go'.

You could go back and clean it up however.
Does it actually say 'no horses' anywhere? It's not much different to riding across the toll bridge further along, except the toll bridge is slightly wider. Horses will be horses and you can't tell when they're going to 'go'. You could go back and clean it up however. plantwoman
  • Score: 1

10:27am Tue 19 Nov 13

Mr Baxter , London says...

They should have kept the Compass Bus service Shuttle going. Horses and bioes can use the bridge, pedestrains can use the bus, quite simple really.

The bus drivers were always a great laugh, especially C*i**f and his tales about his days with a rival firm, ....he always had an eye for the ladies too, offering extra stops......if you know what I mean
They should have kept the Compass Bus service Shuttle going. Horses and bioes can use the bridge, pedestrains can use the bus, quite simple really. The bus drivers were always a great laugh, especially C*i**f and his tales about his days with a rival firm, ....he always had an eye for the ladies too, offering extra stops......if you know what I mean Mr Baxter , London
  • Score: -5

10:30am Tue 19 Nov 13

ThinkBrighton says...

It's a FOOT PATH, and I think M/s Whibley is having a wobbly because she can't get her own way. If a dog fouls the path the owner gets a fine, it should be the same for horse owners. Clean your crap up and act like responsible people.
It's a FOOT PATH, and I think M/s Whibley is having a wobbly because she can't get her own way. If a dog fouls the path the owner gets a fine, it should be the same for horse owners. Clean your crap up and act like responsible people. ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 28

10:43am Tue 19 Nov 13

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

Always used to amaze me in the centre of Newick that horses would be allowed through the village estate and drop manure as if they owned the place.
Dog owners have to clear up or be fined: horse riders should show some sense of responsibility too!
Always used to amaze me in the centre of Newick that horses would be allowed through the village estate and drop manure as if they owned the place. Dog owners have to clear up or be fined: horse riders should show some sense of responsibility too! Tailgaters Anonymous
  • Score: 14

11:04am Tue 19 Nov 13

qm says...

Common sense should tell mum that townies don't like poop, horse or otherwise!
What is of greater concern however, is the safety aspect of having potentially dozens of people confined in a narrow space should something unexpectedly spook the horses. However unlikely this may seem, passing boats, horns, a nearby airport: there are a number of 'unexpected' potentialities for a disaster with no means of escape especially for kidlets in buggies and oldies on mobility scooters!
Common sense should tell mum that townies don't like poop, horse or otherwise! What is of greater concern however, is the safety aspect of having potentially dozens of people confined in a narrow space should something unexpectedly spook the horses. However unlikely this may seem, passing boats, horns, a nearby airport: there are a number of 'unexpected' potentialities for a disaster with no means of escape especially for kidlets in buggies and oldies on mobility scooters! qm
  • Score: 18

12:56pm Tue 19 Nov 13

pooman says...

that is my photo that i posted in good humour on the shoreham by sea group on Facebook.
i've since been removed from the group?!?!?!?!?
that is my photo that i posted in good humour on the shoreham by sea group on Facebook. i've since been removed from the group?!?!?!?!? pooman
  • Score: 0

1:40pm Tue 19 Nov 13

BornInBrighton1968 says...

The mother and daughters probably belong to Pony Club; full of upper middle-class women with daughters called 'Portia' or 'Amelia'.

When ever you see horse sh*t on pavements, you can be sure that some brats from a local Pony Club have been riding their animals in the area. Happens a lot in Rottingdean.
The mother and daughters probably belong to Pony Club; full of upper middle-class women with daughters called 'Portia' or 'Amelia'. When ever you see horse sh*t on pavements, you can be sure that some brats from a local Pony Club have been riding their animals in the area. Happens a lot in Rottingdean. BornInBrighton1968
  • Score: 15

3:15pm Tue 19 Nov 13

BEN WHEELER says...

Same Sh!t, Deeper pile ? ? ? ? ?
Same Sh!t, Deeper pile ? ? ? ? ? BEN WHEELER
  • Score: 2

5:19pm Tue 19 Nov 13

BtnLaurence says...

Honestly, get a grip, then a broom and a bucket. It's not a big deal. Actually one of them should have done that just out of consideration for the other users, but it's not the end of the world is it?
You could ride over the last bridge and there was nothing saying you couldn't ride over this one.
Honestly, get a grip, then a broom and a bucket. It's not a big deal. Actually one of them should have done that just out of consideration for the other users, but it's not the end of the world is it? You could ride over the last bridge and there was nothing saying you couldn't ride over this one. BtnLaurence
  • Score: 3

5:21pm Tue 19 Nov 13

PorkBoat says...

s_james wrote:
Amazes me how horses are allowed to c**p all over public roads – they should be subject to the same bylaws as dogs. In other countries I’ve seen horses wearing a leather pouch thing which catches their poo – this should be compulsory over here too. Its disgusting
I've seen the same thing in a nightclub in Kemp Town.
[quote][p][bold]s_james[/bold] wrote: Amazes me how horses are allowed to c**p all over public roads – they should be subject to the same bylaws as dogs. In other countries I’ve seen horses wearing a leather pouch thing which catches their poo – this should be compulsory over here too. Its disgusting[/p][/quote]I've seen the same thing in a nightclub in Kemp Town. PorkBoat
  • Score: 4

5:44pm Tue 19 Nov 13

melee says...

As a horseowner myself I'm not impressed, it's a silly, dangerous thing to do given the amount of people flocking to try out the new bridge. If the horses had spooked people would have very little space to get out of the way. It also makes me very cross when I see riders on pavements, they give the rest of us a bad name.
However, let's get a bit of perspective, horse manure isn't dangerous, it's not actually going to hurt anyone and it washes away easily. Hardly worthy of such mass panic and clean-up crews.
As a horseowner myself I'm not impressed, it's a silly, dangerous thing to do given the amount of people flocking to try out the new bridge. If the horses had spooked people would have very little space to get out of the way. It also makes me very cross when I see riders on pavements, they give the rest of us a bad name. However, let's get a bit of perspective, horse manure isn't dangerous, it's not actually going to hurt anyone and it washes away easily. Hardly worthy of such mass panic and clean-up crews. melee
  • Score: 8

7:27pm Tue 19 Nov 13

burrell2006 says...

Was there really any need to get horse poo professionally cleaned off the new foot bridge. Maybe the council could of cleared it up and put it on the gardens they maintain.Then they could of spent the money better on some warning signs or even a height barrier stopping the horses accessing the foot bridge.lol
Was there really any need to get horse poo professionally cleaned off the new foot bridge. Maybe the council could of cleared it up and put it on the gardens they maintain.Then they could of spent the money better on some warning signs or even a height barrier stopping the horses accessing the foot bridge.lol burrell2006
  • Score: 1

7:53pm Tue 19 Nov 13

minnie&teddy says...

horse riders are a pain as many have said dogs mess HAS to be cleaned up by the owners and so be it for horse owners they think its their divine right not to care about public places get off your high horses and have some respect for people on foot stuck up clans.
horse riders are a pain as many have said dogs mess HAS to be cleaned up by the owners and so be it for horse owners they think its their divine right not to care about public places get off your high horses and have some respect for people on foot stuck up clans. minnie&teddy
  • Score: 4

9:39am Wed 20 Nov 13

ThinkBrighton says...

melee wrote:
As a horseowner myself I'm not impressed, it's a silly, dangerous thing to do given the amount of people flocking to try out the new bridge. If the horses had spooked people would have very little space to get out of the way. It also makes me very cross when I see riders on pavements, they give the rest of us a bad name.
However, let's get a bit of perspective, horse manure isn't dangerous, it's not actually going to hurt anyone and it washes away easily. Hardly worthy of such mass panic and clean-up crews.
Dog crap isn't dangerous, but it's still against the law to allow your dog to deposit it, as it should be with horse owners, but with bigger fines.
That's why most horse owners have the same stupid idea as you, and thus do not clean up after their horse.
[quote][p][bold]melee[/bold] wrote: As a horseowner myself I'm not impressed, it's a silly, dangerous thing to do given the amount of people flocking to try out the new bridge. If the horses had spooked people would have very little space to get out of the way. It also makes me very cross when I see riders on pavements, they give the rest of us a bad name. However, let's get a bit of perspective, horse manure isn't dangerous, it's not actually going to hurt anyone and it washes away easily. Hardly worthy of such mass panic and clean-up crews.[/p][/quote]Dog crap isn't dangerous, but it's still against the law to allow your dog to deposit it, as it should be with horse owners, but with bigger fines. That's why most horse owners have the same stupid idea as you, and thus do not clean up after their horse. ThinkBrighton
  • Score: -3

12:37pm Wed 20 Nov 13

_Really says...

Dog poo IS dangerous. Good grief. THAT is why owners have to legally collect it up. And for what it's worth (naff all judging by most of the hysterical and out-of-touch responses on here and in the article), riders are recommended to get off and kick it out of the way IF it's safe to do so.

All those whinging that it's a footpath etc. etc. - apparently riders could use it before so why shouldn't they now? If riders don't have right of way (any more), signs need to be put up saying so. If they do still I have right of way - get over it. God knows there are enough places riders AREN'T allowed to go anymore because of building development.

And the poster referencing 'Portia and Amelia' is so ignorant it's laughable.
Dog poo IS dangerous. Good grief. THAT is why owners have to legally collect it up. And for what it's worth (naff all judging by most of the hysterical and out-of-touch responses on here and in the article), riders are recommended to get off and kick it out of the way IF it's safe to do so. All those whinging that it's a footpath etc. etc. - apparently riders could use it before so why shouldn't they now? If riders don't have right of way (any more), signs need to be put up saying so. If they do still I have right of way - get over it. God knows there are enough places riders AREN'T allowed to go anymore because of building development. And the poster referencing 'Portia and Amelia' is so ignorant it's laughable. _Really
  • Score: 3

12:38pm Wed 20 Nov 13

_Really says...

Just so that it's spelt out - dog poo is toxic. Horse manure is not.

Next...
Just so that it's spelt out - dog poo is toxic. Horse manure is not. Next... _Really
  • Score: 6

8:47am Thu 21 Nov 13

Old Ladys Gin says...

_Really wrote:
Just so that it's spelt out - dog poo is toxic. Horse manure is not.

Next...
You've obviously never been downwind of a vegetarians ****.... ;)
[quote][p][bold]_Really[/bold] wrote: Just so that it's spelt out - dog poo is toxic. Horse manure is not. Next...[/p][/quote]You've obviously never been downwind of a vegetarians ****.... ;) Old Ladys Gin
  • Score: -2

12:42pm Thu 21 Nov 13

thevoiceoftruth says...

ThinkBrighton wrote:
melee wrote:
As a horseowner myself I'm not impressed, it's a silly, dangerous thing to do given the amount of people flocking to try out the new bridge. If the horses had spooked people would have very little space to get out of the way. It also makes me very cross when I see riders on pavements, they give the rest of us a bad name.
However, let's get a bit of perspective, horse manure isn't dangerous, it's not actually going to hurt anyone and it washes away easily. Hardly worthy of such mass panic and clean-up crews.
Dog crap isn't dangerous, but it's still against the law to allow your dog to deposit it, as it should be with horse owners, but with bigger fines.
That's why most horse owners have the same stupid idea as you, and thus do not clean up after their horse.
Err, dog crap is dangerous - it can cause blindness. Toxocariasis - look it up. Oh I forgot, you don't like researching facts do ya, ThickBrighton? Horse poo is a great fertiliser and totally safe.

I just hope you don't have a dog, but I'm guessing you probably have some sort of status breed that you let crap all over town.
[quote][p][bold]ThinkBrighton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melee[/bold] wrote: As a horseowner myself I'm not impressed, it's a silly, dangerous thing to do given the amount of people flocking to try out the new bridge. If the horses had spooked people would have very little space to get out of the way. It also makes me very cross when I see riders on pavements, they give the rest of us a bad name. However, let's get a bit of perspective, horse manure isn't dangerous, it's not actually going to hurt anyone and it washes away easily. Hardly worthy of such mass panic and clean-up crews.[/p][/quote]Dog crap isn't dangerous, but it's still against the law to allow your dog to deposit it, as it should be with horse owners, but with bigger fines. That's why most horse owners have the same stupid idea as you, and thus do not clean up after their horse.[/p][/quote]Err, dog crap is dangerous - it can cause blindness. Toxocariasis - look it up. Oh I forgot, you don't like researching facts do ya, ThickBrighton? Horse poo is a great fertiliser and totally safe. I just hope you don't have a dog, but I'm guessing you probably have some sort of status breed that you let crap all over town. thevoiceoftruth
  • Score: 5

1:31pm Thu 21 Nov 13

Brightonbelle33 says...

BornInBrighton1968 wrote:
The mother and daughters probably belong to Pony Club; full of upper middle-class women with daughters called 'Portia' or 'Amelia'.

When ever you see horse sh*t on pavements, you can be sure that some brats from a local Pony Club have been riding their animals in the area. Happens a lot in Rottingdean.
I think you will find the "mother" is a carer who also looks after her disabled husband, supporting the whole of her family on her Carers wage alone! Her hobbies are of 2 horses that is her only release from everyday society! Daughter works in a nursery!! Not so much of the yuppie couldn't give a toss attitude you forthrightly spoke of!!

My daughter goes horse riding and plays tennis, but if people think I'm "posh" because of that. Then so be it!!

They say ignorance is bliss!

P.s the story didn't tell you that they apologised and went back quickly to clean up!!! Always 2 sides!!
[quote][p][bold]BornInBrighton1968[/bold] wrote: The mother and daughters probably belong to Pony Club; full of upper middle-class women with daughters called 'Portia' or 'Amelia'. When ever you see horse sh*t on pavements, you can be sure that some brats from a local Pony Club have been riding their animals in the area. Happens a lot in Rottingdean.[/p][/quote]I think you will find the "mother" is a carer who also looks after her disabled husband, supporting the whole of her family on her Carers wage alone! Her hobbies are of 2 horses that is her only release from everyday society! Daughter works in a nursery!! Not so much of the yuppie couldn't give a toss attitude you forthrightly spoke of!! My daughter goes horse riding and plays tennis, but if people think I'm "posh" because of that. Then so be it!! They say ignorance is bliss! P.s the story didn't tell you that they apologised and went back quickly to clean up!!! Always 2 sides!! Brightonbelle33
  • Score: 5

3:49pm Thu 21 Nov 13

Old Ladys Gin says...

Please can we stop calling it poo; a name a five year old might use.
It is horse manure and I can see nothing wrong with using such an expression.
It is a new bridge and most people in Shoreham are proud of it.
Just perhaps these two young people are as equally proud and at very least they returned to help sort out the minor problem caused by a natural function of the animals they were riding.
That in itself speaks volumes for them and frankly I can see no real or logical reason as to why horses my not use the bridge.
Please can we stop calling it poo; a name a five year old might use. It is horse manure and I can see nothing wrong with using such an expression. It is a new bridge and most people in Shoreham are proud of it. Just perhaps these two young people are as equally proud and at very least they returned to help sort out the minor problem caused by a natural function of the animals they were riding. That in itself speaks volumes for them and frankly I can see no real or logical reason as to why horses my not use the bridge. Old Ladys Gin
  • Score: 2

5:24pm Thu 21 Nov 13

Brian Steele says...

If they were allowed to use the old bridge, implying it was a bridleway, then either a change of designation to downgrade it to a footpath will have gone through or they will still be allowed to use it. Wasn't there a "no cycling" sign on the old one, implying it was indeed only a footpath?

Either way, the idea that horse manure is somehow harmful is laughable. In truth, it's not even particularly offensive.

Worse than that, the idea that Adur Council are such bad guardians of their council taxpayers' money that they employ specialist cleaners to do something a man with a broom could do in 5 minutes is of serious concern.
If they were allowed to use the old bridge, implying it was a bridleway, then either a change of designation to downgrade it to a footpath will have gone through or they will still be allowed to use it. Wasn't there a "no cycling" sign on the old one, implying it was indeed only a footpath? Either way, the idea that horse manure is somehow harmful is laughable. In truth, it's not even particularly offensive. Worse than that, the idea that Adur Council are such bad guardians of their council taxpayers' money that they employ specialist cleaners to do something a man with a broom could do in 5 minutes is of serious concern. Brian Steele
  • Score: 2

7:07am Fri 22 Nov 13

martnin says...

Mr Baxter , London wrote:
They should have kept the Compass Bus service Shuttle going. Horses and bioes can use the bridge, pedestrains can use the bus, quite simple really.

The bus drivers were always a great laugh, especially C*i**f and his tales about his days with a rival firm, ....he always had an eye for the ladies too, offering extra stops......if you know what I mean
Still posting stupid, pointless comments on here I see.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Baxter , London[/bold] wrote: They should have kept the Compass Bus service Shuttle going. Horses and bioes can use the bridge, pedestrains can use the bus, quite simple really. The bus drivers were always a great laugh, especially C*i**f and his tales about his days with a rival firm, ....he always had an eye for the ladies too, offering extra stops......if you know what I mean[/p][/quote]Still posting stupid, pointless comments on here I see. martnin
  • Score: 0

10:56am Fri 22 Nov 13

Euly says...

Seriously, this is not news
Seriously, this is not news Euly
  • Score: 0

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