Dogs are to continue to be kept on the lead on the north side of the lake in the Abbey Grounds. Dogs can continue to be off the lead on the south side of the lake.
This decision will be subject to review in April 2017 pending the anticipated appointment of an Environmental Warden who will have full enforcement powers across the parks and green spaces of Cirencester. In the mean time Town Council staff will continue to make patrols in the Abbey Grounds.
These decisions have been informed by the informal survey we conducted to gather people’s ideas. It is clear that dog owners value being able to exercise their dogs in the Abbey Grounds, particularly because it is an accessible, sociable and safe place to do so.
The survey also highlighted the fact that there are adults and children who are afraid of dogs or who have had bad experiences and therefore appreciate that an area of the park has dogs kept on the lead. The north side of the lake has been chosen because it is a clearly defined area, it gives protection to one side of the lake, and the children’s playground is here.
Overwhelmingly the respondents of the survey wanted to see enforcement action, not only for dog fouling and dogs under control but also for littering and antisocial behaviour
It is recognised that this measure is an acceptable compromise.