Dog exclusion zones could be imposed

Pictured is Springwell Lane,Balby,which had had the most complaints of dog fouling in Doncaster
Pictured is Springwell Lane,Balby,which had had the most complaints of dog fouling in Doncaster

A BAN on dogs in parts of Doncaster is set to be discussed by councillors.

So-called dog exclusion zones are being put forward by Doncaster Council to help combat issues of fouling and nuisance dogs in the borough.

The plans form part of the council’s newly-created Environment Strategy which includes a raft of measures aimed at cleaning up the town’s streets and improving quality of life for residents.

In the report the advice put before the council recommends promoting responsible dog ownership through media campaigns and effectively publicising enforcement action taken - and considering the use of dog exclusion zones.

The zones could be introduced in parks, public open spaces and streets in a bid to curb issues such as dog fouling.

One of the most well-known examples of a dog ban zone locally is at North Yorkshire seaside resort Scarborough where dogs are banned from stretches of the town’s beaches during the summer months.

Lucy Adams, 32, of Hyde Park, who owns a Yorkshire terrier, said: “I clean up after my dog and am a responsible owner but I’m not sure what I think of banning dogs in parks. I like to exercise my dog in Elmfield Park but clear up the mess. I think as long as you do that, there shouldn’t be a problem and I don’t think I would be happy if I was banned from going in the park.”

Bob Crossley of Hexthorpe said: “Lots of people have dogs, but it sounds a bit like a sledgehammer to crack a nut. They should target the people who can’t look after their dogs rather than those who can.”

The report recommends that the cabinet approves the strategy which would then allow further discussion and possible introduction of some of the points raised in the report.

A Doncaster Council spokesman said: “This is something that is in the very early stages and there are no firm recommendations at all. There are dog exclusion zones in places such as beaches and this is the kind of thing that’s under discussion. But there is absolutely nothing confirmed at this stage and we will be looking to see if it’s appropriate.”