Bingfield Park and dogs – possible solution?

Dpflagbingfieldpath Despite Islington’s concrete and tarmac there is often unused green space that goes to waste.  Next to Bingfield Park, along Pembroke Street there is a 50metre long 15 metre wide green strip with about a dozen trees on it.  There is a map at the link here showing the space.  Something undefinable about local geography means that this Council owned ‘amenity strip’  is completely unused. 

The area could be converted into a large dog exercise area with the addition of some simple fencing and a dog toilet sandpit.  Then people could exercise their dogs there and Bingfield Park be made dog free, for the first time allowing children and people to use it without fear of dog poo or bad dog behaviour.  Also it would bring more footfall to an end of Pembroke Street that has had a problem with car break ins over the years.  The Council are investigating the feasibility and costings.

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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1 Response to Bingfield Park and dogs – possible solution?

  1. Sara McGrail says:

    This would actually not make a big dog walking space but a very small one and would actually exacerbate the situation regarding bad dog owner behaviour. Confining potentially large numbers of dogs in a small space means that more fights are likely to break out and fewer owners will use the space for their dogs. It also means that children with dogs will be unable to access space for them to play in with their pets. At the moment the dog park on Mathilda street is a useful resource but unfortunately there are too many people with dogs they cannot control who use the space – meaning that other dog owners take their dogs elsewhere (like the Bingfield street park) to avoid the problems associated with fenced off dog enclosures. In addition this facility is locked far too early by the council meaning that people who work have difficulty accessing the facility. Islington’s proposed policy of allowing well behaved dogs into any park area not reserved solely for play is a good one. Under this scheme owners with badly behaved dogs or who do not clean up after their dogs will be subject to spot fines and legal action, but the majority of dog owners who do clean up after their pets and who do have proper control of their dogs will be able to do what they have always done. That is, enhance the safety of our public spaces by using them and encourage the side by side relationship between dogs and humans that is such a nice part of London life. Dog owners are one of the main groups of people who use parks – particularly in the winter – if you exclude us from the spaces there will be community safety implications.The possibility of introducing a good dog scheme where people can after attending a class and inspection with the local authority gain an “all parks pass” for their dogs is something Islington should consider as well. The downside of the Islington scheme is the likelihood that there will be insufficent well trained staff to operate it properly and the half hearted distribution of dog poo bags and facilities. However I reiterate, fencing in dog areas will not remove this problem. It will just make offenders of those dog owners who like me choose not to exercise their well behaved animals in a prison yard.

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