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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Protest petitions over plans to keep dogs on leads in Allerdale's parks

More than 250 people have had their say on rules that will order dog owners to keep their pets on leads.

Allerdale council, working with parish councils, has proposed a string of dog control orders for the borough.

They include 13 places where people must keep dogs on leads and 16 places where the animals will be banned.

The proposals for dogs to be kept on leads in Vulcan Park in Workington and the upper part of Harris Park in Cockermouth have proved the most controversial.

Twenty-eight letters of objection and a 130-signature petition were submitted against the plan for Harris Park, with eight letters in support.

Seventy-one people signed a petition against the move in Vulcan Park.

Elsewhere, about 30 people objected to the plans and 20 were in support.

If the restrictions are brought in, dogs would still be allowed off leads in the wooded lower part of Harris Park.

Charles Holmes, head of community services, told the council’s community overview and scrutiny committee that the proposed dog bans related to areas like sports pitches and play areas where any dog fouling would be hazardous.

He added: “Dogs-on-leads areas are to stop dogs interfering with other people enjoying the park, jumping over children, stealing their balls and ruining their picnics.”

Mr Holmes invited the committee to look at the proposals and consultation responses before they are put before the executive committee for a decision.

They will be discussed at the next scrutiny meeting in October.

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