Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

The Scarborough Evening News - - NEWS -

Dear Reader

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

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