Dogs banned from more play areas and sports grounds

Dogs banned from more play areas and sports grounds

by Tom Martin (August 2020)

MORE play areas and sports grounds in West Lancashire have been added to a list of places where dogs are either banned or not allowed off their lead.

The borough council carried out a consultation last year to help shape a new Public Space Protection Order when local residents suggested new areas to be added.

In some cases, dogs are not allowed off the lead and in others they are not permitted at all, such as sports grounds and children's play areas.

Among the changes include a requirement for dogs to be kept on a lead at Ormskirk Rugby Club, Tarleton Rugby Club and Tarleton Cricket Club.

The enclosed children's play area at Station Road, Hesketh Bank and the enclosed sports area at Evermoor Hub, Skelmersdale, will be areas where dogs will now not be permitted to keep these areas safe for children.

Councillor Gareth Dowling, portfolio holder for communities and community safety, said: “We are really pleased to receive and act on all the comments and feedback residents took the time to tell us about.

“We know dog owners want to exercise their pets in a responsible manner and will support the decisions made to keep these sports grounds and play areas safe for their local communities.

“Residents concerned about any other areas can still submit reports to the council which will be taken on board in any future reviews.”

A person in charge of a dog will be guilty of an offence if at any time he or she takes a dog onto, or permits a dog to enter or to remain on, any of the children's play areas listed.

Anyone found committing an offence will be issued with a fixed penalty of £75.

Full details of the order and a list of areas can be viewed at www.westlancs.gov.uk/environment/dogs/dog-control.aspx.

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