Dogs in Grand Western Canal Basin picnic area must now be kept on leads
Posted on: 23 May 2018
All dog owners using the Canal Basin Picnic Area in Tiverton are now required to keep their pets on leads at all times.
The new rules have been introduced by Devon County Council to ensure that everyone can enjoy this popular beauty spot, and follows a series of recent incidents including dog attacks, dog fouling and pets taking picnic items and fishing bait.
The move has been supported by local Police Community Support Officers, who have been dealing with dog attacks in the area – and the Tiverton Canal Co. – which operates the horse-drawn barge, floating café-bar, boat hire and gift shop in the Canal Basin.
Cllr Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for
Environmental Services said: “We welcome well-behaved dogs at the Canal and recognise that a large proportion of visitors are responsible local dog walkers.
“But there are a minority of dog owners who are not considerate and our priority must be to ensure the safety of all users. These rules ensure that free-running dogs do not spoil the experience for other users. The Canal Byelaws provide the Canal Ranger Service with the ability to require dogs to be kept on leads by direction and so we are making use of this power to address the problems that have been experienced recently in the Canal Basin.
Cllr Colin Slade, Devon County Council local member for Tiverton East said:
“The Canal is one of the jewels in Tiverton’s crown and the Canal Basin is a really popular spot for both local people and tourists of all ages. I’m concerned to hear about the recent problems with uncontrolled dogs and owners and believe that this is a sensible move by the Canal Ranger Service.”
Cllr Ray Radford Chairman of the Canal’s Joint Advisory Committee said: “It
was my pleasure to open the new Canal Basin Play Park recently and I’m told that there are now more children here than ever before. I know that some youngsters can be quite intimidated by dogs running up to them, even if they mean no harm, so I think this new rule about dogs on leads in the Canal Basin is a good idea.”
PCSO Dion Howell said: “We have been dealing with some dog attack incidents here in the Canal Basin picnic area and given the busy nature of the site we agree that dogs should be kept on leads at this location.”
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