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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Dogs to be banned from Cumbrian park

Dogs are to be banned from a park following complaints that owners use it as a pet toilet.

People could face fines or court action if they take their dogs into Coronation Garden in Penrith after worries were raised over “irresponsible owners” not picking up droppings.

Eden Council was also told families with children have been intimidated by dogs let off leads in the green area, in Portland Place.

The idea of a ban was backed by authority officers and an exclusion order was given the go-ahead by Eden Council’s executive committee. A report states that “a number of complaints had been received regarding damage and fouling of Coronation Garden by dogs”.

It adds: “Since 2005 the council has had numerous formal and informal complaints made to it that some dog owners use Coronation Garden as a safe place to let their dogs run around and specifically use it as a place to foul.”

Documents state “irresponsible owners” had continued “to inappropriately use Coronation Garden” and had not picked up dog mess.

“Other complaints have concerned the fact that families with young children have not been able to enjoy Coronation Garden to its full extent due to being intimidated by dogs off leads using the area to run around in,” the report adds.

There have also been concerns that “some dog owners have closed the gate to allow their dogs to run about in a secure environment” and had discouraged other people from going in.

The report states: “There have been three formal complaints in the last 12 months but many more informal complaints.

“Other play areas within Eden that are fenced are already designated dog exclusion areas.”

Two people had contacted the council. Their comments included that they had seen “very few dog droppings” at the garden and that “most dogs do not cause problems”.

A public notice will have to be published before the order comes into force at a later date.

NGriffiths@cngroup.co.uk

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