Dogs to be banned from six South Derbyshire play areas - with poll
Dogs are to be been banned from six play areas in South Derbyshire after consultation with the public.
The district council is making changes to its Dog Control Orders after 100 people gave their views.
It means that dogs will be banned from:
*King George V Playing Field in Etwall;
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*The play and games area at Hatton’s Scropton Road Sports Ground;
*Catherine Jonathan Playing Fields in Egginton;
*Multi use games area at the Goseley Recreation Ground in Hartshorne;
*Multi use games area and play area in Salisbury Drive, Midway;
*Children’s play area Swadlincote Woodland.
The changes will take place in around six weeks' time.
Under the changes, dogs will also have to be kept on a lead at:
*Hall Lane play area in Willington;
*Trent Avenue play area in Willington;
*Mount Pleasant Road play area in Castle Gresley;
*Goseley Recreation Ground in Hartshorne;
*Main Street Recreation Ground in Hartshorne;
*The playing field at Chestnut Avenue, Midway.
Councillor Peter Watson said: “Dog Control Orders are just one of the ways the council is promoting responsible dog ownership.
“We fully understand that dog owners need to have access to places where they can exercise their pets without undue restrictions, but we must also consider the need for dog-free areas for people to enjoy.
“Having listened to our residents, we believe this is a proportionate response to ensure the orders continue to have a positive impact.”
Dog owners who fail to comply with the orders could face £50 fines or punishments of up to £1,000 if they are prosecuted.
*HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you think this is a good idea? Have your say on our quick, anonymous poll (above right).