Ribble Valley to get tough with dog ban orders?

Kevin Horkin
Kevin Horkin
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Dog owners may be allowed to keep letting their pooches run free in Clitheroe Castle Grounds under a proposed control order.

But Ribble Valley councillors are ready to press ahead with a Dog Exclusion Order banning all dogs from any enclosed children’s play area, skate park, tennis court, basketball court, bowling green, putting green or sports pitch.

The proposals were put before last week’s meeting of Ribble Valley Council’s Community Services committee and will now go out to public consultation then back to councillors .

The original proposal included a Dogs on Leads Order to apply throughout the whole of the castle grounds. However, councillors decided that a ban on enclosed areas would suffice.

Orders on dog fouling will be tightened up, and owners will not be allowed walk more than four dogs at a time in parks.

Clitheroe town mayor and dog owner Coun. Kevin Horkin said: “I think the committee has come up with a sensible and measured response and I’d wholeheartedly support it.

“It would be no use having a knee-jerk reaction like some local authorities and banning dogs completely.

“Dog owners have a duty to keep their dog under proper supervision, and most owners in the Ribble Valley are responsible.”