15:07 Wednesday 16 January 2013

Dogs given their freedom after orders rejected

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

Patricia Ackroyd Patricia Ackroyd

DOGS will be allowed to roam free in a village playing field, after a parish council unanimously agreed to drop a control order.

Branston Parish Council has been consulting on plans to ban dogs on playing areas in Clays Lane and Aviation Lane, while asking for dogs to remain on leads in Clays Lane’s fields.

However, during its meeting this week, the parish council agreed that banning owners from taking their dogs off leads in playing fields is punishing the responsible owners.

A blanket ban on dogs near play equipment remains in place.

The parish council revealed the results of its consultation which said that just three residents supported the control orders, but members added that there had been no known or reported dog attacks in the village.

Councillor Fred Smith said: “I have sympathy with people who have dogs. The only downside is the bad owners of dogs.

We have heard about dogs savaging animals. I would suggest we have a 12 month period and if there are problems then we have the power to change it.

“Could the dogs be muzzled? I don’t know if that would work better.”

Fellow councillor, Nigel Slater, who had organised the consultation, added: (Dog owners) don’t like the idea of keeping dogs on leads. I can understand that as it really isn’t that good for the community. They are responsible people.

“We don’t have incidents of attacks down there. It would be punishing the correct people.”

Councillor Patricia Ackroyd, who represents Branston on East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “There have not been any incidents so we haven’t got justification for bringing these controls in. it can always be kept under review.

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