‘Dogs need own space to walk in north-east’

Safe place for pets

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID PROCTOR

It could turn into the Broch’s very own range for Rover.

That’s fol­low­ing the news that a Fraser­burgh woman has launched a bid to set up a ded­i­cated dog walk­ing area in the port.

Jen­nifer Wood has started an on­line pe­ti­tion call­ing for a “much needed” space to al­low peo­ple in the town to walk their pets.

She is con­vinced that dog walk­ers should cam­paign for a lo­ca­tion where they can safely let their ca­nine com­pan­ions off the lead.

Miss Wood, who owns a labrador named Ozzy, has set up the pe­ti­tion as she gath­ers sup­port to make her case to the coun­cil.

It asks sig­na­to­ries to back the scheme and help “make it a re­al­ity” by lend­ing sup­port and more than 400 peo­ple have al­ready joined the cru­sade.

Miss Wood be­lieves the area could be built at James Ram­say Park and should be fenced off. She has al­ready con­tacted the port’s coun­cil­lors about back­ing her vi­sion.

She said: “I think it’s a much needed area for dogs to be able to ex­er­cise freely and a safe place that keeps them away from mem­bers of the pub­lic.

“It’s also a con­ve­nient place where own­ers can feel safe let­ting their dogs off the lead and good for so­cial­is­ing for the dogs and their own­ers.

“I have been in touch with two coun­cil­lors – Doreen Mair and Brian Top­ping – and they have put this for­ward to the two other coun­cil­lors and of­fi­cials.

“A cen­tral en­closed area would be good on James Ram­sey Park at the grass area be­side the play park. It would have to be a fully fenced and a gated area high enough so that no dogs could jump over and the own­ers could safely let their pets off the lead.”

Last night, a coun­cil spokes­woman said they were still await­ing for­mal de­tails of the pro­posal.

She added: “We can con­firm that we have not yet re­ceived an of­fi­cial re­quest for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a dog park in Fraser­burgh.

“We would give ap­pro­pri­ate con­sid­er­a­tion to any re­quests we re­ceived and would also take into ac­count the views of other park users and neigh­bours if a suitable site was iden­ti­fied.”

“I think it’s a much needed area for dogs to ex­er­cise freely”

PRO-PAW-SAL: Jen­nifer Wood would like to see the coun­cil sup­port her cam­paign for an en­closed area for own­ers to ex­er­cise their dogs

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