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Build a fully enclosed play area for dogs within Norwood Park (Salter’s Hill)

We the undersigned petition the Council to build a fully enclosed play area for dogs within Norwood Park (Salter’s Hill). It would include a dog agility area, benches and chairs for the owners, a fresh water drinking fountain and a bin outside to dispose of dog mess etc. This would serve as an additional space for dogs, therefore they would not be only confined to this space. Dogs and owners would still be allowed to enjoy the open green spaces within all unrestricted areas of the park.

24% of the UK adult population have a dog with an estimated population of 8.9 million pet dogs. Dogs need regular exercise and socialisation which cannot be done sufficiently on our busy London streets. I am a dog owner (an 8 month puppy) and I know many other dog owners who agree that dogs enjoy the freedom of running in large green open spaces whilst off lead but are often met by frightened, aggressive, angry adults and children, if our dog walks/runs too close to them. At Norwood park, often the playground gates are left open, which makes it very easy for a dog to enter. Even if it is only brief, some adults/children can react quite negatively.
If dogs had their own fenced off play area within the park this would mean less interaction with other park users. It would also mean less dog mess in the general park area. And dogs would have a safe and fun space to play and socialise.

This proposal will therefore allow dogs and their owners, children and adults all the opportunity to enjoy the open green space with minimal interaction with dogs and less incidents with humans and dogs.

Within the dog play area: Owners must be responsible for cleaning up their dog mess and must maintain full control of their dogs. Owners of aggressive dogs must be extra vigilant to ensure correct behaviour.

The area to be sign-posted to advise penalty fines will be imposed if the above is not adhered to.

At present, I have found only one fully enclosed dog agility play area in Twickenham, West London.

Started by: Serena Williams

This Petition runs from 12/02/2019 to 26/08/2019.

18 people have signed this Petition.

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