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Dog control orders at some Preston nature reserves and parks being reviewed

Posted on - 16th June, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Avenham, Fishwick, Fulwood, Parks, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Ribbleton
Path through the nature reserve at Haslam Park Pic: Tony Worrall
Path through the nature reserve at Haslam Park Pic: Tony Worrall

The city is to be asked whether it wants seven dog control orders in parks and natures reserves in Preston to continue.

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Preston City Council is due to begin a formal consultation in the coming months about the orders which mean failing to have a dog on a lead is punishable with a fine.

The city council says it has to transfer the existing dog control orders to become Public Space Protection Orders by October 2020 – which provide the same powers as a dog control order.

Dog control orders were brought in to protect wildlife and to try to limit dog fouling when owners do not clean up the mess from their dogs.

Read more: St Matthews man fined for not cleaning up after his dog

Current dog control orders relating to dog fouling in Preston cover every footpath and highway in the city, as well as playing fields, playgrounds and other public areas.

Some areas of the city are already covered by the new Public Space Protection Orders - such as Ashton Park Pic: Tony Worrall
Some areas of the city are already covered by the new Public Space Protection Orders – such as Ashton Park Pic: Tony Worrall

In addition there are seven areas of the city listed with specific dogs on leads orders making it an offence not to have your dog on a lead if walking through.

These are:

  • The footpaths near the pavilion in Avenham Park pavilion
  • The Haslam Park nature reserve
  • The Grange Valley nature reserve behind Fir Trees Place
  • The Pope Lane nature reserve
  • Hills and Hollows nature reserve behind the Milennium Hall in Fulwood
  • Fishwick Bottoms local nature reserve
  • Boilton Wood local nature reserve

Read more: When the council put in new dog control orders because of comments on Blog Preston

You can see the exact area covered by the current dog control orders in this report to the city council’s cabinet member for the environment councillor Robert Boswell.

The consultation is due to begin in mid-June and is to last for eight weeks.

Not running a consultation would leave the city council unable to take enforcement action against dog owners if dog fouling or having a dog off the lead takes place once the current orders expire.

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