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Date published: 26th February 2019

The owner of a riding establishment has pleaded guilty for taking payment for hiring horses in contravention of the Riding Establishments Act 1964.  

Catherine Mace-Nelson, of Lakeside Riding Centre, applied for a licence for her premises in Tunstead, near Wroxham, in 2018, but was refused on the basis the location lacked the required facilities.

Despite the refusal it came to the attention of North Norfolk District Council officers that the establishment continued to operate.

At a hearing at Norwich Magistrates on February 21st, Catherine Mace-Nelson submitted a guilty plea that on July 12th 2018, she took the payment.

She was fined £250 and has to pay £750 towards costs plus the £30 victim surcharge.

Cllr Nigel Lloyd, Portfolio Holder for Environment said: “There are good reasons why a licence is required. Standards must be maintained and facilities must meet minimum conditions to protect public safety and animal welfare.”

Cllr John Rest, Leader of the Independent Group said: “When a refusal notice is issued, this is as a result of a lot of investigation work being carried out by NNDC officers. If people contravene these notices they will be called to task and can expect to be prosecuted for their action. NNDC will not take these matters lightly.”

Last updated: 26th February 2019