Play­ing fields dog ban dropped again

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL plans to ban dogs from all Hyn­d­burn play­ing fields have been dropped for a sec­ond time.

A pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion found more than 60 per cent of the 339 re­spon­dents op­posed ex­pand­ing pub­lic space pro­tec­tion or­ders to coun­cil-owned sports pitches.

Dog wel­fare char­ity Dogs Trust had also voiced op­po­si­tion.

Un­der the ex­ist­ing scheme, which is set to ex­pire, dogs are banned from chil­dren’s play ar­eas and bowl­ing greens and are re­quired to be kept on leads in town cen­tre ar­eas and ceme­ter­ies.

The Ob­server re­vealed in Septem­ber how Hyn­d­burn coun­cil were look­ing to ban dogs from any des­ig­nated play­ing fields to help keep the bor­ough cleaner.

Un­der the new scheme, set to be ap­proved by coun­cil­lors at a cab­i­net meet­ing this week, the cur­rent or­der will be re­newed and ex­tended to cover the grounds of Church­field House in Great Har­wood after re­ceiv­ing sup­port from 63pc of con­sul­tees.

Pro­pos­als to make it a re­quire­ment to keep dogs on leads in Fox­hill Bank in Oswaldtwistle have also been dropped after nearly 51pc of re­spon­dents voted against it.

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