Release Date: 25/05/2012
Council set to restrict the number of dogs that can be walked on public land, should proposals be approved at Committee next week.
Earlier this year residents across the borough were consulted on proposals to extend existing dog control orders, in a bid to ensure that problems with irresponsible dog walkers are tackled swiftly and effectively.
The consultation followed on from an increase in the number of issues concerning dogs that are not properly under control. As neighbouring boroughs have extended their own dog control orders, Richmond upon Thames has seen a rise in the number of people walking multiple dogs in the borough, in some cases up to fifteen at a time.
The original plans proposed that dog walkers would be banned from taking more than four dogs onto any Council land – including parks and open spaces. Over 286 people submitted individual responses to these plans along with a petition with 1231 signatures.
The majority of the submissions acknowledged that the number of dogs should be limited, however felt that four dogs was too restrictive.
Following a review of the consultation feedback, the Council’s Regulatory Committee will consider an amended proposal to limit the number of dogs to six.
Councillor Virginia Morris, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“Dog owners are important users of our parks and Richmond Council promotes and encourages responsible dog ownership.
“Most owners are conscientious; however, a small minority is not and this spoils the enjoyment of our open spaces and parks for many others.
“We have made a commitment to listen to all residents. And the public have agreed that there does need to be some restrictions on the number of dogs individuals can walk. However, many felt that the original proposals were too restrictive and therefore we are proposing to increase the number of dogs to six. This will enable residents with dogs to continue to enjoy our parks, whilst still being able to exercise proper control of the animals.”
The decision will be recommended to be made Council’s Regulatory Committee on the 29 May 2012.