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Dogs could be banned from Stanhope Park in Holsworthy

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 16, 2013

PARK: The entrance to Stanhope Park in Holsworthy.

PARK: The entrance to Stanhope Park in Holsworthy.

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Dogs could be banned from a park in Holsworthy if new control orders are put in place.

Holsworthy Town Council received a number of complaints regarding prolific dog mess in Stanhope Park.

Councillors discussed introducing a 'dogs on leads' order or a complete dog ban in Stanhope Park in this month's town council meeting.

The council's latest member Lyndon Piper said: "It is easy to catch people who haven't got their dogs on leads."

He also said having the pets on leads could potentially tackle dog mess issues.

During the meeting, Holsworthy town clerk, Lisa Bowman, said any new orders will have to go through a consultation process.

Town councillor Jon Hutchings said: "It makes sense to look at a consultation."

He added: "It is wrong when you have to clean up dog mess before you can do anything. If people can't look after their dogs, why should other people suffer."

Mr Hutchings said he was not suggesting dogs should be banned and that ideas were only put forward.

Stanhope Park is owned by Holsworthy Town Council rather than Torridge District Council. Other parks have dog orders enforced, for example dogs must be kept on a lead in Bideford's Victoria Park.

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