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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Dog rules planned in parks across Allerdale

Dog walkers could be forced to keep their animals on leads or out of certain parks across Allerdale or face fines of up to £1,000.

Plans are being made to introduce a dogs on leads rule at areas including Vulcan Park and Siddick Ponds in Workington and part of Harris Park in Cockermouth.

Under the plans, dogs would be banned from a selection of play areas and other fenced-off areas.

Nearly 30 restrictions are proposed across the area.

Some have been planned by Allerdale council and others requested by town and parish councils.

Some orders follow problems with dog fouling, while others have come after disruption to children’s play and damage to flower beds and landscaping.

The orders are due to come into force on June 27.

Signs will be put up to inform people of the changes and fines that can be imposed if they are breached.

Anyone caught breaking the rules could be given an £80 on-the-spot fine, which could rise to as much as £1,000 if the case went to court.

The rules would mainly be enforced by Allerdale council’s streetscene officers. Police can also enforce them.

But there has already been some opposition following publication of legal notices.

Nigel Morgan, of Henry Street, Cockermouth, said: “Forcing owners to have dogs on leads will make not a dent in the fouling problem and spoil a lot of fun for numerous people and the dogs.

“I would suggest the council carries out a proper consultation of all park users over a few weeks.”

Andrew Wallbank, 70, of New Street, Cockermouth, said: “Certainly there are parts of Harris Park and the Memorial Gardens where you should not let your dogs run, but it would be over the top having the whole parks restricted. People need to be able to let their dogs off the lead to get exercise.”

Catherine Webb, 33, of Brigham, who lives near the Lawson Garth play area, said: “I don’t have a problem with the dogs being there, I just want the dog mess picked up.”

Anyone who objects to the plans has until June 20 to write to Allerdale council’s legal services department.

For a full list of areas affected in and around your town, see this week’s Times & Star.

Have your say

Maybe when this comes into place we will be safe to let your kids play and have a picnic without being bothered by dogs

Posted by John on 7 June 2014 at 13:25

Not everyone is a dog lover! It's not all about the poo problem it's the bounding about, jumping up, sniffing around you on a walk, try sitting down to have a picnic anywhere or play with a ball and they're right there. Cycle paths are as bad chasing after, running out,ambling about in the way of bikes...and definitely should be on leads of main road pavements!

Posted by Just too many dogs on 6 June 2014 at 10:29

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