Dog owners take the lead

PUBLISHED: 12:20 24 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:30 24 May 2010

Dog lovers protest at proposed new bylaw.

Dog lovers protest at proposed new bylaw.

A PET lover is threatening to stage a sit-in at Portishead Lake Grounds to object to plans to limit dog owners using the beauty spot to exercise their pets

A PET lover is threatening to stage a sit-in at Portishead Lake Grounds to object to plans to limit dog owners using the beauty spot to exercise their pets.Reyna Knight is so incensed at plans to crackdown on dogs using the area as part of raft of new bylaws, she is threatening to take her beloved pets and stage a protest at the Lake Grounds in a bid to get council chiefs to change their minds.She has also been handing out letters to dog walkers in the area urging them to write and object to the new proposed bylaws.North Somerset Council is considering introducing new bylaws as part of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act.Under the new regulations, the authority is considering banning dogs from the sports field at Bristol Road, Portishead, and is planning to introduce legislation to ensure dogs are kept on a lead at all times at the Lake Grounds, The Esplanade and The Promenade.In Easton-in-Gordano, dogs could be banned from Hardwick Road playing fields, the parish council football pitch at Macrae Road and at The Orchard at Watchhouse Hill.Mrs Knight, who is a dog breeder, said: "There is a suggestion that dogs exercised on The Esplandade and Promenade at Portishead may have to be on leads and not be allowed to run free."This is because of a very few people who do not clear up their dog mess."Well over 90 per cent of the owners of dogs that use the Lake Grounds are responsible owners and if this ruling comes into being it will mean that the majority are being penalised for the minority."Once one ruling is in place this could then at a later date be extended."We need to do something now otherwise this ruling will be in being and pet owners will no longer be able to have more than a walk around places they currently use as a norm."Mrs Knight is urging people to write to North Somerset Council to object to the proposed new laws.Subject to public consultation, North Somerset Council hopes to bring in the new regulations in April. If the new bans come into force they will replace any other system of by-law concerning dogs which have previously been introduced.

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