Warning - dog rule could be pointless

PUBLISHED: 13:31 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

FORCING dogs to be kept on leads in a field on the edge of Weston could be a pointless move, councillors have warned.

FORCING dogs to be kept on leads in a field on the edge of Weston could be a pointless move, councillors have warned.

Banning pooches from running freely on Uphill Hill may not be enforceable, Weston Town Councillors say.

Their comments came in a debate over the move North Somerset Council is considering introducing.

At Monday night's town council meeting Liberal Democrat leader Mark Canniford said: "All we are going to do is create more restrictions and more laws which simply will be broken, won't be followed and won't be enforced."

In November the unitary authority announced it had dropped a plan to compel dog walkers to use leads.

Independent John Ley-Morgan agreed and said that the order could not be enforced, which means the rule would be brought into ridicule.

However, some councillors said dogs should be kept on leads for the safety of them and their owners due to cattle grazing on the hill.

Members eventually voted to tell North Somerset Council they recognise the need for dog control orders, but that they have concerns over enforcement.

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