I feel so sorry for Michelle Slinn and the other concerned members of the public who reported the intolerable suffering of nine ponies in a field in Marshland St James to the RSPCA (Citizen, October 7), only to be informed that the organisation would monitor the beautiful animals, and who then returned – a disgusting two months later – after one horse’s health had deteriorated to the extent that it had to be put to sleep.
Mrs Slinn and others had done their bit by caring, reporting and fretting over these horses’ health – only to be let down by the ‘charity’ created to save them.
To me it seems like the RSPCA couldn’t trace the owners, had no-one to prosecute and bill, so, did nothing other than let one die – disgusting.
Two months is too long
I am writing about the ‘Sick pony put to sleep’ – Citizen, October 7.
Why, oh why, was the pony and others left so long before they were attended to?
Two months is too long for the RSPCA to be monitoring these poor horses.
Surely, if something had been done earlier, the poor little soul would still be alive. I know the RSPCA is stretched to the limit – but two months, come on.
We only need to look around the countryside to see horses left to their own devices on any bit of scrubland and riverbank, with only tidal river water and from the dykes, no shelter from the elements.
Some are also shackled or tethered so they can only move so far and become entangled in the chains.
I wonder how the owners would feel in similar circumstances.
A hot topic around here
High-speed fibre broadband has emerged as one of the hottest topics of recent years for communities across Norfolk.
Increasingly, it is a ‘must have’ technology.
Local households and businesses are using it for everything from selling products to filling in government forms, helping with education, adding to entertainment or simply staying in touch.
A great deal has already been achieved in Norfolk thanks to the multi million pound Better Broadband for Norfolk partnership between Norfolk County Council, BT and the government.
Around 340,000 premises in the county can now access fibre broadband as a result of the partnership and BT’s own commercial rollout of this exciting technology.
And the number of homes and businesses able to get fibre is growing rapidly.
But what about the people not yet included in any existing rollout plan and who don’t get included in the next stage of public funding?
Part of BT’s mission is to listen to those worried they’re not in any upgrade programme – and do what we can to help.
We’ve just announced our commitment to work with communities to find a fibre solution and have set up a community fibre partnership scheme to enable this.
Our strong ambition is never to say ‘no’ and rather to work together until we have agreed a suitable and affordable option.
Indeed, we’ve already worked with 90 UK communities where local people have got together and pooled their funds with our contribution.
If any Norfolk community contacts us at www.openreach.co.uk/communityfibre we’ll do whatever we can to help, including co-funding options.
Householders and businesses can check the latest situation for their area by going to the Better Broadband for Norfolk and Openreach superfast broadband websites.
UK fibre broadband coverage is currently at 90 per cent, on course for 95 per cent by the end of 2017.
Independent studies already place the UK top of the European Union’s five largest countries for broadband.
Our job now is to make sure that the UK remains at the forefront of this exciting technological revolution by doing whatever’s possible to help the remaining five per cent of households and businesses still awaiting good news.
BT regional director,
East of England.
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