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Remember the trouble over dogs on Sandy Lane Playing Field and the dog walker getting fined* for their dog being on the football pitch from a few weeks back? Well since then the Parish Council has been creating and fencing off an area of the park where dogs can be walked without fear of fines. The fencing is now mainly in and it looks like this:-
We also discussed appropriate signage for the park so that dog walkers and indeed all park users know what the rules are surrounding dogs being banned from sports pitches. The rules are probably too involved for a simple notice so we discussed the possibility of a straight forward notice with the detail being available on the Parish Council’s web site.
* The fine was subsequently rescinded
Lydiate residents may recall recent newspaper headlines whereby a dog walker with a dog off its lead in a Lydiate park was given a ticket for a fine under a Public Space Protection Order.
That fine was subsequently rescinded following an appeal but the problem is still there because Sefton Council regulates dogs locally not Lydiate Parish Council.
After Parish Council discussion with Lydiate dog walkers, some of whom attended the Parish Council meeting last Tuesday, it’s been agreed that a part of Sandy Lane Playing Field will be fenced off where dog walkers can let their dogs off their leads. The work is to be carried out by the Parish Council in the near future.
Be careful where you let your dog off its lead on public parks as you could end up with a ticket. Best to consult Sefton Council’s website on the matter even if the park you are using is run by one of the Parish Councils in the Borough. Here’s a link that may help dog walkers:-
Regular readers of this blog site may recall my previous posting (of April 2017) about the conflict there has been between dogs and children on this site. It was really all about that small minority of dog walkers who do not clean up after their dogs. Here’s that previous posting:-
The solution? A fence that has now been in place for a while. You can see it in this shot:-
A few weeks ago Lydiate Parish Council took a tough decision that it would very much rather have not made. It closed the open space around Lydiate Village Centre on Lambshear Lane at times the Village Centre itself is not open.
Lydiate Village Centre
The reason? Excessive dog fouling of the grassed area leading to young children being put in conflict with the fouled area. Not surprisingly the move has upset local dog walkers who do clear up after their dogs. As with many anti-social activities it is the actions of the few who care little for our communities that ends up compromising the activities of people who do care, in this case the vast majority of dog walkers.
The Parish Council is looking for a long-term way keeping the open space accessible 24 – 7 whilst being able to control the fouling in a way that does not put playing youngsters at risk.
Consultation on the ideas about a Public Space Protection Order – Dog Control (PSPO).
The link above is to a document produced by Sefton Council on this subject. The link at the end of this posting enables you to take part in the consultation.
The consultation runs from 15th February till 1st April 2017.
Dog control is a serious issue but like many things in life it is the activities of the minority that cause those in power to consider moves that in this case will clearly restrict the activities of the many considerate dog owners.
I don’t have a dog myself so have no axe to grind here (although fouling of pavements and public open spaces drives me as mad as the next person) but having become aware of this consultation only recently I thought it was something that required wider sight amongst Sefton Borough residents.
My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.
PS. Is it me or is the Sefton Council document in the link above just a little patronising?
Lydiate parish Council has updated me on the ongoing problem of dog fouling on the pavements in the vicinity of Lydiate Primary School in Lambshear Lane.
Sefton Council, I am told, has received 50 complaints from parents. As a result they have put stickers up in the area around the school and also in surrounding roads.
As much dog muck as possible has been cleaned up and the private company Sefton Council use, NSL, have checked early mornings and early afternoons (especially near to the school) but have had no success so far in catching anyone allowing their dog to foul the pavements and verges.
Rob Monks, Sefton’s Principle Environmental Health Officer, requests that members of the Lydiate public give as much information as possible about the fouling that they have seen i.e. type of dog, time of day etc.
This photo is from August 2012 when both I and Andrew Blackburn were both Borough Councillors for Lydiate and we had a new bin installed outside the School to try to get the few dog walkers that are the cause of the problems to use a bin for their dog muck.
Sadly three and half years on and the anti-social minority are still making the lives of everyone else a mucky misery. Please feel free to shop the dog owners who don’t care about Lydiate.