Andy Mitchell, the Countryside Officer has advised that the Exmoor Ponies have returned to Red House Common to help maintain the open heathland.
Please enjoy the ponies from a safe distance and don’t feed them.
Signs are up on entrances to the common. If you see any signs damaged or missing please let Andy know. Please keep the wooden rails down at the entrances to the common at the car park to discourage the ponies from getting into the car park. If the ponies do get in the car park its no big deal as there is still a cattle grid by the road, but they could hurt people or damage cars if spooked in a confined space like the car park.
Please keep dogs under control so they don’t chase or worry the ponies. Dog fouling is still an issue – Please clean up after dogs and use the bins in the car park. Also don’t allow dogs to jump into the troughs – this water is for drinking only.
If there are issues with ponies escaping onto neighbours land please contact the Nick Harvey on 07710 031820, or if you see them on the road dial 999 first!
To report non-urgent problems with gates, fences or cattle grids please contact Andy by email at Andy.Mitchell@eastsussex.gov.uk Urgent problems eg a gate that will not close or a fence down please contact the farmer by phone in the first instance.
Other issues on the commons eg fly tipping, litter, dog nuisance, car parks or bins please contact Lewes District Council here: https://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/report-a-problem/