A HEREFORDSHIRE town has shared its plans for its annual Boxing Day hunt meet after an online petition caused controversy.

The online petition launched by Ledbury Anti Fox Hunt, which now has more than 1,800 signatures, was aimed at Herefordshire Council's Highways department, which will decide whether to approve the Ledbury Hunt's application to have the town's High Street (the A438) closed for the traditional festive meet.

It also calls on Ledbury Town Council to put pressure on the highways department to not allow the road closure.


Ledbury Town Council said it recognises that the Ledbury Hunt is an important issue to many residents and visitors to Ledbury, whether in support of it or not, said a spokesperson.

The council debated this in a council meeting in 2022 and a decision was later taken that this item would not be placed on future agendas for debate by the council.

"Herefordshire Council are responsible for authorising road closures and therefore, we would suggest that anyone wishing to comment on this write to Herefordshire Council," said the spokesperson.


Ledbury Town Council have received notification from Ledbury Hunt that they have undertaken the appropriate consultation process in respect of this year's hunt and this letter has been provided to all members.

But after the decision of the council not to include this on future agendas, this will not be an item on the agenda for the full council meeting on Thursday, December 1.

Members of the public are invited to speak at council meetings on items that are included on the agenda, but as this will not be on the agenda there will be no opportunity for anyone attending the meeting to speak on the Ledbury Hunt.