Dog bans go ahead despite public outcry

PUBLISHED: 12:30 06 September 2012

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NINETEEN areas across North Somerset will be subject to dog control orders despite the majority of the public being against the idea.

Dogs will be banned from seven North Somerset Council-owned areas and a further 12 areas will see restrictions on dogs varying from forcing owners to keep their pet on a lead to preventing them going into ponds.

But the move comes despite two-thirds of those who responded to June’s public consultation voted against the idea.

Only eight of 25 areas considered during the public consultation saw more people register their support to the proposals than their objectiond.

The new dog control orders mean dogs will not longer be allowed at Banwell Recreation Ground, Banwell Scout Hut and Children’s Centre, Redhill Christchurch Churchyard and Winscombe RFC Longfield.

Winscombe War Memorial Recreation Ground will also be subject to a complete ban despite 91 per cent of the public objecting to the idea.

Weston’s Promenade and Clarence Park West are two of the other 12 areas which will have restrictions guarding the freedom with which dogs can roam.

The 19 new dog control orders will now be enforced along with the 48 that currently exist.

King George V Playing Fields in Cleeve and Glebe Field in Wrington are two of six areas which will not have orders enforced following the consultation but the council documents reveal further consultation is planned.

Mark Williams, chairman of Cleeve’s football club, said he was disappointed with the decision despite 78 per cent of the village’s 178 responses being against a ban.

He said: “Naturally we are utterly dismayed at the results of the council’s consultation if a little surprised at the disproportionate level of votes. To have achieved more votes than Nailsea, Weston, Clevedon or Portishead is quite something and maybe should even be admired.

“We will continue to voice our concerns and press for measures to help stop the continued nuisance that dog mess presents our members and their families.

“The problem isn’t going away and last weekend we had fouling where supporters stand and also actually in our player dugouts.

“Assuming a control order is not to be enforced in line with the numerous other sports grounds under their jurisdiction. I’m interested to see what the council will do to help us with this problem.”

Dog control orders will be introduced at the following places:

• Banwell Recreation Ground (no dogs allowed)

• Banwell Scout Hut and Children’s Centre (no dogs allowed)

• Bleadon Allotments (all dogs on leads)

• Bleadon village Cross Area (all dogs on leads)

• Clevedon Coleridge Vale Playing Fields (all dogs on leads)

• Clevedon Promenade (all dogs on leads)

• Felton Vee Lane Playing Fields (no dogs allowed)

• Hutton Phippen Park (all dogs on leads)

• Locking Village Allotments (all dogs on leads)

• Nailsea Grove Playing Fields (all dogs on leads)

• Portbury Ponds (no dogs allowed in ponds)

• Portishead Marina (all dogs on leads)

• Redhill Christchurch Churchyard (no dogs allowed)

• St Georges Village Play Area (all dogs on leads)

• Tickenham Village Hall Field (no dogs allowed)

• Weston Clarence Park West (all dogs on leads)

• Weston Promenade (all dogs on leads)

• Winscombe RFC Longfield (no dogs allowed)

• Winscombe War Memorial Recreation Ground (no dogs allowed)

Dog control orders will not be introduced at the following places, pending further consultation:

• Brampton Play Area

• Cleeve King George V Playing Fields

• Nailsea Engine Lane

• Nailsea Fryth Way

• Wrington Glebe Field

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