As of 1st October 2018, dogs are not permitted on Barrow Playing Field, in line with Public Space Protection Orders implemented by Ribble Valley Borough Council. We trust that all residents will adhere to the new regulations. The ban will be monitored by both RVBC and the parish council and enforcement action may be taken, as necessary.
Parish councillors carry out regular inspections of the playing field and over the past year there has been an increasing amount of dog waste left on the grass. The playing field was purchased as public open space for use by residents and was never intended as a dog exercise area. There is a substantial amount of evidence regarding the dangers to public health caused by dog fouling and the safety of those using the playing field is our main priority.
In previous newsletters, we have respectfully asked residents to ensure that dogs are kept on a lead and dog waste is immediately picked up. However, it appears that some dog owners are not willing to do this and have even removed signage regarding dogs from the playing field.
Ribble Valley Borough Council recently introduced new Public Space Protection Orders that established dog exclusion zones in all children’s play areas. After much consideration, the parish council agreed to ban dogs entering the playing field in line with RVBC regulations. We understand that the ban may cause upset for some residents, but we firmly believe that once it is introduced, the playing field will become a cleaner and safer environment for everyone to enjoy.