Horse owner are now banned from grazing their animals on public land in Wellingborough as part of a new council policy.
Wellingborough Council will now operate a zero tolerance policy, giving owners seven days to remove their horses.
The authority’s policy had previously been to deal with reports by approaching people believed to be responsible for the horses.
All incidents of horses being left to graze on council-controlled land reported to the council had involved horses owned or controlled by a small number of travellers.
The local authority said it would always be an ongoing issue for the Wellingborough area because travellers are permanently resident in the borough.
The council’s community committee had already voted in favour of approving the scheme, but it was given a final seal of approval at a meetin gof the full council on Tuesday, June 26.
A council report stated: “In the past the council had tolerated horses grazing on council land, but a decline in the treatment of horses by both owners and a small number of members of the public caused the council to review its stance.
“The altered arrangement would be a policy of zero-tolerance whereby owners would be granted seven days within which to remove horses from council-owned land; failure to comply would result in removal by appropriately trained contractors to alternative grazing land or to sale at auction.”
Land at the back of the Hemmingwell estate, off Northen Way, at the back of Morris Close and opposite Sainsbury’s have all been identified as problem areas.
Cllr Graham Lawman said: “Along with motorcycle nuisance, it’s one of the two most complained about issues in the Hemmingwell area.”