The safety of children and the exercise of dogs have become a hot issue – leading to new curbs on dogs in the town and other areas of Scarborough.
It’s unfortunate that such action is necessary as dog owners regard their pets as part of the family but the health and the safety of youngsters, and non-dog-owning adults, need to be considered too, as a survey shows.
The new restrictions will protect public gardens, the cemetery, various squares and streets and is a brave, bold move by the borough council. There are too many dog owners who leave their pets’ mess on the pavement or who let their dogs romp off the lead towards other people, including children playing with balls on the beach. It’s a minority of dog owners who are at fault but the situations need addressing. When the new curbs have been in place, it would be worth another review to see if further steps need to be taken in the interests of all.
Ed Asquith, Editor Twitter@Ed.Asquith