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Dear Mr. Gibbs
Many thanks for your enquiry regarding horses in the park. The park is still in its infancy in terms of its development. Foot and cycle paths have been developed. We are aware of the demand for providing facilities for horseriders and are investigating how best to incorporate the park into the existing local bridleway network.

One of the concerns, for all park users, is safeguarding the sensitive areas of the site that provide habitats for the opulations of rare birds (Lapwings and Skylarks) and a particularly rare butterfly (Marsh Fritillary), so routing is of major importance. At present we are slowly integrating different users into the park to assess their impact and to control access throughout the site.

We are currently inviting clubs and societies to apply to use the park to carry out their pastimes. If you are a member of a local riding club we would be pleased to hear from you. If you send me your address I will be able to send you more information.

The pit pony sculpture you refer to was constructed out of colliery shale to create a windbreak for the events area. The sculpture (the UK's largest figurative earth sculpture) has been dubbed locally as 'Sultan' after the famous pit pony that worked at Penallta Colliery (and won many awards at shows).

Yours sincerely,
D. Penberthy
Senior Planning Officer