Farmer who blocked footpath pays £4000
THE Ramblers Association won its case at St Edmundsbury magistrates, at Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk, against John Gooderham, of Red House Farm, Gislingham. He blocked a right of way for ramblers with barbed wire and tons of manure.
He was fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £3500.
Gooderham breeds cattle and grows crops. He claimed a fine would hurt him financially because his farm was running at a loss due to the BSE crisis and a drop in corn prices.
The Ramblers Association said the arable areas of eastern England were the most notorious for footpath obstructions caused by farmers.
- The Times 17/09/97 page 10
- The Independent 17/09/97 page 4