The Moot Trustees instigated a number of improvements to The Moot over the past 18 months relating principally to improving access to The Moot.  Regular users will have noticed that many of the paths have been re-laid and re-surfaced and in particular the main track from the car park to the pond now has improved drainage and a durable surface.  The Trustees hope these improvements have much improved access to The Moot for all, in all weathers and will also facilitate access for when events are held in The Moot.  
The above works were funded by a combination of generous grants and donations.
It is a priority of The Moot Trustees that access is safe for all users of The Moot.  The Moot is intended to be open to the public 24 hours a day and is frequented by members of the public day and night.

The Moot Bridge

The Moot bridge is one of the main thoroughfares and access points to The Moot grounds and as many will know it is a bridge without sides.  There has been some concern that despite the structure apparently never having given rise to any mishaps, there is nonetheless some risk of injury to users of The Moot.  The use of The Moot by unaccompanied children, those less able, and a general increase in the use of The Moot have led the Trustees to consider whether the current structure poses a level of risk that should be mitigated by the introduction of railings or other protection to the sides of the bridge.
It is certainly the case that all Trustees are and most public comment is, strongly in favour of making no change to the structure.   However, having taken professional advice there is a concern that the current structure may present an unacceptable risk and this consultation seeks to receive input from members of the public and in particular users of The Moot concerning a potential change to the Bridge structure.
The Trustees are consulting with The Moot insurers, all of the relevant planning authorities including the Local Authority, English Heritage and other relevant bodies and where necessary may take further legal advice concerning liability for the bridge structure.

Members of the public are now invited to submit their comments before Friday 28th February 2020.  The Trustees would be most grateful to receive all views and comments in writing.  Where comments relate to legal opinion or examples of other structures at other public spaces that may be used as examples in support of no change, these should be supported by written evidence and pictures that can be submitted to the relevant bodies in support of our discussion process.

Whilst there is no presumption as to the outcome of the consultation please indicate your thoughts as to what structure you would like to see if it is concluded that change is necessary.
As said, whilst the Trustees have a strong preference to make as few changes to the historic structure of The Moot as possible, it should be noted that the site has evolved over the decades from a fortified defence position, to Victorian garden and now an open public space and if changes are to be made the Trustees are committed to first receiving public comment which where possible will be incorporated into the maintenance of The Moot as an open public space.
The Moot has extremely limited funds and the Trustees are all volunteers, whilst every effort will be made to follow up on all comments it may not be possible to address all matters to professional advisers if the cost is prohibitive.
Comments and attachments can be submitted in writing by email to or sent to Chairman of the Moot, Hazelacre, Slab Lane, Downton, SP5 3PT.
When submitting comments please indicate how often you have visited The Moot in the last twelve months and what you see as its most valuable contribution to the community.