mapOn Weds, 26th June the council decided to implement the long awaited Dog Control orders for a trial six month period. This means that as from Monday, 1st July, restrictions on where dogs can run free, but under control, and where they must be kept on leads will become part of the regulations in East Park. This will be enforced by the council and on-the-spot fines may be issued. We are thankful that they generally took on board the proposals we put forward making only a small number of amendments as can be seen on the map. Note the traffic light system red, amber, green. You will notice there are more “on lead” areas than were originally proposed, the areas shown in amber. Most of the “no dog” areas were already restricted for common sense reasons.

The success or failure of this exercise depends on how we, as responsible dog owners, follow the guidelines and also how the council deal with those who don’t.