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Dogs set to be banned from west Cumbrian play areas

Dogs look set to be banned from playing fields and recreation grounds across Allerdale in a bid to protect children.

The dog exclusion orders, being imposed by Allerdale council, will ban dogs from locations including the play area at Siddick, Newlands Lane play area and the football field at Curwen Park in Workington.

A spokeswoman for Allerdale said they had been requested by town and parish councils.

“There are not necessarily problems in those areas, sometimes there have been fouling issues, but there are other reasons they have asked for them, such as disruption to children’s play and damage to flower beds and landscaping,” she explained.

Owners caught taking their pets into the exclusion zones will face fixed penalty fines of up to £75, or up to £1,000 if prosecuted in court. This legislation can also be enforced by Police Community Support Officers.

Dogs must also be kept on a lead in areas including the playing field at the Cloffocks and the all weather sports pitch at Moorclose.

Other areas include the playing field at Flimby and Harris Park in Cockermouth.

The council has also announced “dog revocation orders” for the paddling pools in Maryport and Silloth and Moat Hill, Maryport. This is where orders are already in force which town or parish councils want to alter or revoke.

The council spokeswoman added: “Our main priority is dog fouling and we don’t get very many instances where we need to prosecute or take action against dogs not being on leads.

“The council has a zero tolerance approach to dog fouling and our street scene officers proactively target areas across the borough enforcing, cleaning up, and working to deter persistent offenders.”

Dog exclusion areas

Rugby field, Mossbay, Workington; play area in Siddick; Crosby Village Green; gym at Vulcans Park; Harrington Marina play area; football field at Curwen Park; Great Clifton play area; Ellenborough play area; Mawbray Green; Flimby play area; Lawson Garth play area in Brigham; Crosby Villa play area; Fletchertown recreation field; Brewery House play area in Harrington; Northside play park; Newlands Lane play area in Workington.

Dogs on leads areas

Playing field at the Cloffocks; football field at Mossbay; Jubilee Field, Thursby; Pottery Park, Dearham; All weather sports pitch, Moorclose; football fields at Moorclose; Siddick Nature Reserve; Vulcan’s Park, Workington; Lawson Garth in Brigham; playing field at Great Clifton and Flimby; Harris Park in Cockermouth; picnic area near the former paddling pool in Maryport; and Milltoft recreation field in Maryport.

Revocation orders

Paddling pools in Maryport and Silloth and Moat Hill, Maryport.

Have your say

Why would anyone have a dog in a play area anyway? IT'S A PLAY AREA!

Posted by craig on 13 June 2014 at 10:38

What is a responsible dog owner? I would say there is a very tiny number who clean up EVERYTIME their dog empties its bowels in public areas. I agree totally with the bans and anyone who is caught letting their dog dump its toxic waste and not picking it up should be given community service cleaning up the streets and parks of the numerous deposits little Trixy or big Bruno has dumped. Catching the culprits is the difficult part, as many dog owners roam the streets at night and early morning when they know no one will see their beast committing the crime. And what about yapping/barking dogs disturbing the peace, left at home on their own while their owners are at work or down the pub.

Posted by Maximus on 7 June 2014 at 14:53

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