I REFER to letters page headline Stop moaning about riders dated August 9, and comment as follows...

As a Meols resident for many years, I am always pleased to see horses and their riders adding a colourful and rural dimension to our roads and beaches.

But I regularly receive complaints regarding large dollops of sloppy horse muck dumped on pavements causing damage to shoes and clothing, distress to pram-pushers, disabled and partially sighted residents along with a dangerous slipping hazard in wet weather.

May I remind horse riders that they have just as much of an obligation to comply with the Highway Code as any other road user.

Rule 54 quite clearly states – and I quote: "You MUST NOT take a horse onto a footpath or pavement, and you should not take a horse onto a cycle track."

The rule continues with: "Use a bridleway where possible.

"Equestrian crossings may be provided for horse riders to cross the road and you should use these where available (see Rule 27).

"You should dismount at level crossings where a ‘horse rider dismount’ sign is displayed."

The rules are quite unambiguously clear.

Come on horse riders, you are always quick to complain if car drivers do not treat you with courtesy and respect, please show the rest of us similar respect and co-operation.

STOP riding on pavements.

Cllr David Elderton, West Kirby & Thurstaston ward