DOGS OFF LEASH

Rodney Times - - CONVERSATIONS -

I read with in­ter­est the ar­ti­cle on page 4 of the Rod­ney Times (Oc­to­ber 24th) about dogs putting rare dot­terels off nest­ing. In spite of no­tices about the dot­terels on the far end of Wai­w­era Beach, we of­ten see dogs run­ning free there with­out a dog leash. Coun­cil rules that is go­ing be ig­nored, not fol­lowed up on, just like all the oth­ers.

Just won­der­ing how much thought went into this be­fore it was an­nounced, how it go­ing to be mon­i­tored, are there fines for restau­rants who do not ad­here to this, how is go­ing to work with peo­ple walk­ing along the beach or other pub­lic places?

There is the NO PARK­ING OR TRAILERS ON THE BEACHES No­body seems to take no­tice of. Dogs on the beach not on leashes, at in­cor­rect times, as stated on the signs. Car­a­vans be­ing un­hitched and left in the Surf Club Carpark Orewa for sev­eral days while the own­ers drive around in their cars, when there is a per­fectly good Coun­cil owned Top Ten Hol­i­day Park for all camper­vans and car­a­vans next to the surf club carpark Orewa. Free­dom Park­ers which are not cov­ered un­der the Free­dom Park­ing Fa­cil­i­ties as listed on the no­tices.Trailers be­ing left in the carpark for ex­tended times, peo­ple us­ing the carpark as a home away from home for weeks on end.

The coun­cil do not ap­pear to have the fa­cil­i­ties to en­force all th­ese rules and reg­u­la­tions listed, then how are they go­ing to mon­i­tor peo­ple walk­ing down the beach and main streets smok­ing?

All tourist ar­eas have many restau­rants, li­censed sports bars with pub­lic foot­path trade so how is this go­ing to work, who is go­ing to check on this?

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