Middle Hill: Blog ImageThese markers (see photo), formerly at the top of Middle Hill, used to prohibit passage across a 20m strip of grass onto Walton Road. Riders were, technically at least, expected to turn right before reaching the strip, and walk up Downs House Road onto Walton Road. The trainers agreed that the strip no longer needed protection for use as a training gallop (its formal designation), and the posts have now been removed.

Chalk Lane: We’re still concerned about the level of traffic using Chalk Lane, with further increases likely following the completion of the hotel development. We’re expecting the conservators to press for new traffic calming measures.

Next meeting: Takes place on 6 November 2007.