Neighbours speak out against Vision Valley horse centre

THINGS have gone from bad to worse for two Geelans Road residents living next to Vision Valley’s horse-riding centre at Arcadia.

Celia Matthews and her husband Marty Welsh say they are fed up noise from their Wesley Mission neighbours.

The parties have been locked in a Land and Environment Court battle for the past 18 months and the matter is in mediation.

Ms Matthews said she doubts if the mediation process will work. She says Vision Valley has refused most of the residents’ requests.

‘‘We have a situation where 25 horses are being kept on only a few acres of land,’’ Ms Matthews said.

‘‘We have constant noise issues with our neighbours and they don’t properly dispose of the horse manure, which creates big dust and odour problems.’’ The Vision Valley Centre has been operating at the site since the early 1970s. Last year the owners put forward a development application to build a new dressage arena.

Hornsby Council subsequently approved the application and Ms Matthews and Mr Welsh took the matter to court.

The couple have compiled a detailed report to the Land and Environment Court that lists alleged breaches in Vision Valley’s operating conditions.

The couple say the centre is operating outside its set operating times, not maintaining a nine metre buffer zone, failing to remove horse manure and constructing demountable buildings without a development application.

Wesley Mission had not responded to our invitation for comment by press time.

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