Playing field to get dog control order?

CAMPAIGNERS who want to stop dogs fouling playing fields in Nailsea may have won the fight in one area but look set to lose it in three others.

As part of a review of dog control orders by North Somerset Council, Nailsea Town Council requested that such orders be put in place at Greenfield Crescent, Grove and Fryth Way playing fields, as well as the rugby pitches off Engine Lane, which would have meant all dogs having to be kept on leads.

This was in the hope of curbing the problem of dog poo being left on pitches used by sportsmen and women, as well as children.

However, the proposals sparked outrage among many pet owners and a petition placed in veterinary surgeries and a pet shop in the town attracted more than 120 signatures.

Now, following a public consultation on the proposals, a report has been put before North Somerset Council executive member Peter Bryant recommending which orders should be implemented.

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If the report is signed off, a ‘dogs on leads’ order will be implemented at Grove Playing Fields.

During the consultation 24 out of 36 respondents were against the plans. However, the council report states: “There are already many signs indicating dogs should be kept on a lead, however, most people ignore them. This proposal will mean the requirement to have dogs on leads can be effectively enforced.”

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The new order could see those breaking it issued with a fixed penalty notice.

The report, however, also recommends that orders are not implemented at the three other sites in Nailsea.

During the consultation, out of 35 responding about the proposals for Engine Lane, 28 were against the plans, and for Fryth Way 29 out of 33 were against the proposals. For Greenfield Crescent 14 out of 18 respondents were against the plans.

In Clevedon, dogs on leads orders do look set to be implemented at Coleridge Vale Playing Fields and along the Promenade. A similar order has also been recommended for Portishead’s Marina.

A complete ban on dogs has been recommended for Tickenham Village Hall Field and at Portbury Ponds, where dogs will be banned from going in the water but will still be allowed to be walked around the surrounding land.

A request for a ban on dogs at Brampton Play Area in Portishead looks set to be rejected as does a request for a dogs on leads order at King George V Playing Fields in Cleeve.

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