Did you know that there are measures in place across the county borough for dog owners and you should be familiar with them to make sure you don’t fall foul of them.

When on the highway or footpath dogs should always be on a lead.

When visiting our country parks they should remain on the lead in the Visitor Centres and car parks but they can run free and have a great time in the rest of the park areas.

Dogs are also not allowed on bowling greens, marked sports pitches and fenced children’s play areas, skate parks, tennis courts and multi use games areas.

Owners are also reminded that they should have a bag with them when exercising their dog to make sure they “pick up the poo” after their dog fouls.

Failure to stick to the measures could cost you a fine of up to £100 and no-one wants that to happen.

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The measures are part of the Public Spaces Protection Order which came into force earlier this year following public consultation which showed strong support for control of dogs in certain areas of our parks and visitor centres.  The apply all over the county borough and are clearly signposted in our parks and public area.

“They’re very simple to understand “

Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for the Environment and Transport, said:

“The new measures have been very well received and for most dog owners they’re common sense.  They’re very simple to understand and we don’t believe there should be any confusion about where they can and can’t go off the lead.  there are fines that can be issued so please make sure you’re familiar with the new measures when you’re out and about with your four legged friend.”

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