A COUNCIL has been advised to build a fence around a children’s play area following two dog attacks.
However, Castle Gresley Parish Council has decided to enforce a current dog control order and hopes to put dog on lead signs at an entrance to the park, rather than risk a claim being made against the authority.
Members were advised that building a fence around the play area could lead to people hurting themselves as they tobogganed down the hill during snowy weather.
A South Derbyshire District Council dog warden visited Castle Gresley’s Mount Pleasant recreational park to inspect the site.
Janice Pallett, chairman of the parish council, said: “He said we could erect a one-metre high fence around the play area so no dogs are allowed.”
However, Ian Woods, vice chairman, said the fence idea could be dangerous with the park’s hill being a popular area for sledging in the snow.
He said: “With it being winter and we have the sledges coming down the hill, if someone runs into that fence and hurts themselves.”
Fellow councillor, Nick Sellers, asked “But how many days do we have snow?”
However, the council was warned that it could lay them open to a claim if someone is hurt.
Parish councillor, Barbara Highton, said the fencing wouldn’t make a difference for one person who had a child and a dog.
She said: “When you go to that play area with your children you have to take your dog with you.”
The council instead will enforce the current dog control order, with parish councillor, Sheila Jackson, adding there were no signs at the top of the hill indicating that dogs should be on leads. She also said that the fence would make mowing difficult. It will revisit the fence idea if the control order doesn’t work.