Dog orders to be applied across parks

Worden Park, Leyland
Worden Park, Leyland

More parts of Leyland’s Worden Park and Farington Park are set to fall under the council’s Dogs on Leads Order.

Councillors in South Ribble are set to meet this week to discuss extending the dog control orders that they introduced in 2010, which would also see dogs being banned from six more children’s play areas in the borough.

The orders cover failing to remove dog faeces, not putting, and keeping, a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer, permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded and failing to keep a dog on a lead in certain areas.

Dog exclusion areas currently apply to 14 fenced playgrounds across South Ribble.

Since the orders were brought in six play areas have been refurbished with improvements including a new or extended perimeter dog proof fence.

And the council wants those six to be added to the order.

Farington Park in Farington, Leyland and King George V playing field in Higher Walton, were already in the existing order but they have got extended areas which need including.

The other four are Kingsfold Drive in Penwortham, Gregson Lane in Hoghton, Dob Lane playing field in Walmer Bridge and Much Hoole playing field, Much Hoole.

The council also wants to add five small open space areas to their Dogs on Leads order.

Dogs would still be allowed on the sites, as long as they are on leads.

The proposed sites are Haig Avenue Green, Leyland; Leadale Green, Leyland, Seven Stars Green, Leyland, Tardy Gate teen play area, Lostock Hall, Kingsfold Drive teen play area in Penwortham and the centre of Worden Park, Leyland.

At a cabinet meeting next week the council look set to approve plans to undertake a consultation and advertising process for the scheme.

Coun Peter Mullineaux, cabinet member for neighbourhoods said: “Residents told us that dog fouling is one of their biggest concerns and we vowed to crack down on the problem launching a zero tolerance approach to unsupervised dogs a couple of years ago.

“The Dogs on Leads Order proposed for these sites would prevent nuisance being caused to families using the play equipment.

“The amount of green space surrounding the play equipment is not considered sufficient to be used as a dog exercise area without dogs entering the play equipment areas or surrounding highways.

“As these sites are relatively compact they can be enforced.”