The Islington Tribune is the only local newspaper that has woken up to the absurdity of the Council’s dog proposals that set public hygiene back about a decade. The Council’s proposals would remove many existing dog free zones in parks and gardens and chickens out of effective measures against inconsiderate dog owners. See article and angry letters here.
One letter sums it up nicely:
‘We live in a time when dangerous dogs are a national concern that frequently makes the headlines, and when there are also national concerns about childhood obesity and lack of exercise. So how can the council possibly be proposing to allow dogs into the few spaces that our borough has where children can safely run about? ‘
‘The vast majority of green space in the borough is already open for dog exercising. Child-friendly gardens provide a really valuable amenity for families, but the proposal will effectively turn these gardens from “dog-free” to “child-free” – in the borough with the least green space in the capital – with no adequate or open consultation’
The Council is putting dog owners before children’s safety and public health. The Council has even ignored the advice of their own officers (in the case of Bingfield Park where they advised a ‘dogs on leads’ order after many years of bad dog owner behaviour).
I am at home recuperating from illness and went for a gentle stroll in the warm Spring sunshine in Bingfield Park and the amount of dog poo was ridiculous. There is still time to fill in the Council’s quick, simple online survey here to call for stronger measures against inconsiderate dog owners and more dog free or dogs on lead zones.