Dogs could be banned from Caerphilly play parks

Dogs could be banned from Caerphilly play parks

Dogs could be banned from Caerphilly play parks

First published in Gwent news South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

IT could soon be an offence for dog owners to allow their dogs into children's play areas if a Caerphilly council proposal is given the go ahead.

The council is currently undertaking a public consultation regarding the proposals to make it an offence for dog owners to allow their dogs to enter enclosed children's play areas and Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs).

The proposals would also reinforce the offence of allowing a dog to foul without cleaning up the mess.

In the 2011 Household Survey, 49 percent of residents identified dog fouling as a problem, and whilst most dog owners are responsible and clean up after their dogs, there are still a small number of dog owners who allow their dogs to foul - despite extensive media coverage, education and enforcement.

Caerphilly Youth Forum have also marked parks and play areas as their priority issue, working all year to help children's play areas become cleaner, safer places for children of the county borough to enjoy.

Cllr David Poole, Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Services urged people to have their said: "The household survey results showed the responsible ownership of dogs is a key concern for residents. We're keen to listen to residents views and act accordingly to address concerns."

If the Dog Control Orders are introduced under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 offenders would receive a fine of £75 or could face up to £1,000 if the matter is put before the courts.

To see a copy of the proposed orders and a full list of 106 council owned enclosed children's play areas and 27 MUGA to which they would apply go to www.caerphilly.gov.uk .

Residents can submit their views in writing to Environmental Health Manager, Pontllanfraith House, Pontllanfraith, Blackwood, NP12 2YW or by email at foodhealthandsafety@caerphilly.gov.uk The consultation ends on Sunday September 30.

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8:16am Tue 4 Sep 12

Mistygirl says...

If CCBC had more safe, in-closed places to walk our dogs maybe people wouldn't feel the need to use the MUGAs.
If CCBC had more safe, in-closed places to walk our dogs maybe people wouldn't feel the need to use the MUGAs. Mistygirl
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8:42am Tue 4 Sep 12

Mervyn James says...

A ban is a good idea, it is quite wrong to allow dogs to use parks and playing fields where children play, dog faeces can cause blindness. In Maindee every pavement is covered in dog mess, nobody cleans it up after them. Children playing rugby and football and falling on dog mess on school playing fields. Perhaps we should rub the owner's face in it.
A ban is a good idea, it is quite wrong to allow dogs to use parks and playing fields where children play, dog faeces can cause blindness. In Maindee every pavement is covered in dog mess, nobody cleans it up after them. Children playing rugby and football and falling on dog mess on school playing fields. Perhaps we should rub the owner's face in it. Mervyn James
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9:00am Tue 4 Sep 12

rhinestine says...

Same can be said of parents and their "lovely" kids, the parents are responsible for their kids, but still let them drop litter and behave as they want.

Litter is just as bad as dog's mess, and there is far more of it about!

I have a dog, and i clean up the mess, others don't, i also put litter in the bin.....others dont!
Same can be said of parents and their "lovely" kids, the parents are responsible for their kids, but still let them drop litter and behave as they want. Litter is just as bad as dog's mess, and there is far more of it about! I have a dog, and i clean up the mess, others don't, i also put litter in the bin.....others dont! rhinestine
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10:43am Tue 4 Sep 12

Gareth says...

I would have thought that this would have been a restricted practice already!

The kids are in an enclosed space, running, jumping, shouting, screaming and the rest of it. To have any dog in that area would seem like an accident waiting to happen; not just in terms of faeces, but also the dog's confusion as to all the loud, frenetic activity. It takes just one defensive nip and it ends up as a tragedy for both the child/parent, but also the poor dog and owner.

This surely can't be an argument about who is worse: dogs or children; this is just plain common sense, isn't it.

...though there is certainly a very good argument that any restricted playing areas for children should be accompanied by restricted areas for dog walking.
I would have thought that this would have been a restricted practice already! The kids are in an enclosed space, running, jumping, shouting, screaming and the rest of it. To have any dog in that area would seem like an accident waiting to happen; not just in terms of faeces, but also the dog's confusion as to all the loud, frenetic activity. It takes just one defensive nip and it ends up as a tragedy for both the child/parent, but also the poor dog and owner. This surely can't be an argument about who is worse: dogs or children; this is just plain common sense, isn't it. ...though there is certainly a very good argument that any restricted playing areas for children should be accompanied by restricted areas for dog walking. Gareth
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11:13am Tue 4 Sep 12

rhinestine says...

I think the law should state all dogs should be on a lead in public at all times and litter droppers and dog fouling should be fined equally.

But, who is there to enforce such laws? No one will take any notice of it. The boating lake in Cwmbran is a good example, there are dogs running around when kids are playing, and dog mess all over the place, but there are no park rangers to keep law and order.

It's just chavs, and over weight mothers who could not care less, and irresponsible dog owners!
I think the law should state all dogs should be on a lead in public at all times and litter droppers and dog fouling should be fined equally. But, who is there to enforce such laws? No one will take any notice of it. The boating lake in Cwmbran is a good example, there are dogs running around when kids are playing, and dog mess all over the place, but there are no park rangers to keep law and order. It's just chavs, and over weight mothers who could not care less, and irresponsible dog owners! rhinestine
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7:27pm Thu 6 Sep 12

tweezle says...

How many dog owners have been fined for letting their dogs foul ???
How many dog owners have been fined for letting their dogs foul ??? tweezle
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