Dogs set to be banned from running free in some parks (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Dog Control Order consultation supports changes
Proposals including limiting areas in parks where dogs can run free are supported by the public, according to a consultation report.
Results of a survey on a range of options aimed at protecting the public from dangerous dogs was presented to a council scrutiny committee last night.
The measures include banning dogs from running free in parts of Higham Hill Recreation Ground and Langthorne Park in Walthamstow, as well as banning dogs altogether from sports courts and children’s play areas.
A total of 763 people responded to the public consultation and the reports sates: “The results of the formal consultation support the proposed amendments.”
A total of 43 per cent of people supported the measure to keep dogs on leads in Higham Hill Recreation Ground and 32 per cent were opposed.
When asked about Langthorne Park, 45 per cent of respondents welcomed the restriction, while 30 per cent opposed it.
Banning dogs from children’s play areas was supported by 60 per cent of people, while 55 per cent said sports courts should be dog free.
An overwhelming majority of people said council officers should have the power to force owners to put their dogs on a lead if it is deemed out of control.
The Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee must now consider all the written responses and comments received as part of the consultation so that any amendments to the Dog Control Orders can be approved by the cabinet in November.
The changes are scheduled to be brought into force in Jan 2014
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