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New dog ban for Allerdale parks

Dogs are no longer welcome in sections of a number of Allerdale parks. Photo: PA

Dogs are to be banned from parts of almost 20 parks in Allerdale, as the council tries to crackdown on dog fouling.

They say it's to keep areas in which children and sports teams play, clean.

Public Space Protection Orders have been put in place, meaning owners who break the rules could be fined £80 on the spot, or face a £1,000 charge if taken to court.

There is an outright ban on dogs in these sections of the following parks:

  • Rugby Field, Mossbay, Workington
  • Play Area, Siddick, Workington
  • Play Area, Jackson Street, Seaton
  • Crosby Village Green Play Area, Crosby
  • Gym, Vulcans Park, Workington
  • Harrington Marina Play Area, Harrington
  • Football Field, Curwen Park, Workington
  • Great Clifton Play Area, Great Clifton
  • Allerdale House, Workington
  • Ellenborough Play Area, Maryport
  • Mawbray Green, Mawbray
  • Flimby Play Area, Flimby
  • Play Area, Lawson Garth, Brigham
  • Crosby Villa Play Area, Crosby Villa
  • Fletchertown Recreation Field, Fletchertown
  • Brewery House Play Area, Harrington
  • Northside Play Park, Northside
  • Newlands Lane Play Area, Workington

And in other areas dogs must now be kept on their leads - the council says this is to reduce damage caused to landscaping:

  • Rugby Field, Seaton
  • Playing Field, Cloffocks, Workington
  • Football Field, Mossbay, Workington
  • Jubilee Field (including entrance), Thursby
  • Pottery Park, Dearham
  • All Weather Sports Pitch, Moorclose, Workington
  • Football/Sports Fields X 2, Moorclose, Workington
  • Siddick Nature Reserve (both sides), Workington
  • Lawson Garth Playing Field, Brigham
  • Playing Field, Great Clifton
  • Playing Field, Flimby
  • Picnic Area close to former Paddling Pool, Maryport
  • Milltoft Recreation Field, Maryport

Councillor Michael Heaslip says the new rules will make the parks cleaner and safer:

We've had countless reports of dog fouling problems on sports pitches and play areas - you don't need me to go into detail about how disgusting this is for the children and teams which use them, never mind the health hazards which go with it.

Safety concerns have also been raised about dogs being off their leads in parks where children run around - caused by dog owners who either can't or won't control their pets.

In addition, our own environmental teams, and those of the town and parish councils frequently have to repair damage to landscaping and flower beds, at the taxpayers' expense.

By implementing these orders, we hope to make our parks and pitches cleaner, healthier and more pleasant places to be."

– Councillor Michael Heaslip, Allerdale Borough Council