Public consultation starts into restrictions on dogs

Dog walkers at Worden Park
Dog walkers at Worden Park

A consultation to gauge the public’s views on plans to restrict dogs from certain areas in Leyland and South Ribble is now underway.

South Ribble Council announced in February plans to update its Dog Control Orders, which outlines places where dogs must be kept on leads, or areas which the animals are banned from entering altogether.

Now it has launched a public consultation to find out what residents think about the updated orders.

More areas of Worden Park are set to become ‘dogs on leads’ zones to prevent damage being caused to gardens and nuisance to visitors, it has been suggested.

Pets must be kept on leads in some sections of the park already, such as the car park, but the council wants to extend the restrictions to also cover the formal gardens, the maze, rose garden, walled garden and arts and crafts centre courtyards.

The council argues: “Unfortunately, the garden areas are increasingly being used as dog exercise areas by visitors causing damage to the planting and also detracting from the quiet sitting area the gardens are intended to provide.

“The enclosed pathways of the park’s hedge maze means t is not considered suitable for dogs to be exercised off lead without causing a nuisance.

“The increasing use of the Worden Hall Courtyards for events such as markets and theatrical performances means the area is becoming increasingly unsuitable for dogs to be exercised off lead.”

Proposals have also been put forward to ensure dogs are not allowed off their leads in Haig Avenue Green, Leadale Green, and Seven Stars Green in Leyland.

Dogs are also set to be banned from six children’s play areas across South Ribble, which have all been refurbished since the Dog Control Orders were adopted in the borough in 2009.

In Leyland, Farington Park’s current ‘dog exclusion zone’ perimeter could be extended, while Worden Park’s would be reduced.

The public consultation runs until November 13.

More details about the orders can be found at