ONCE again, YT has been contacted by local residents concerned about the state of horses on the Mardyke Valley.
And so, we have contacted Thurrock Council to ascertain what the state of play is.
A spokesperson said: “Thurrock Council, through the leaseholder, has inspected the land at Mardyke Valley again to confirm there were no horses fly-grazing on the council-owned land, and there have not been any this winter.
“There may be horses on other land in the Mardyke area – which is not owned by the council – which will be the responsibility of the relevant land owner to care for. The council has identified the landowner and contacted them to take action.
“Thurrock Council remains in regular contact with the leaseholder to have any horses fly-grazing on council land removed as a matter of urgency.
“Visits are made to the site regularly. Thurrock Council remains committed to ensuring horses do not graze on the land between November and March, as agreed with the tenant.
“Anyone who is concerned about the welfare of animals is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999”.