Brent Council may tighten up dog walking restrictions

Brent Council may tighten restrictions on dog walkers

Brent Council may tighten restrictions on dog walkers - Credit: Nigel Sutton

Maximum number of dogs walked by one person could be reduced to four from six

Brent Council is considering implanting a second cut on the number of dogs that owners are allowed to take on walks in the borough’s parks.

Currently up to six dogs can be walked at one time following a restriction implemented last year but proposals are in line to reduce the number to four.

A report is due to go before the council’s executive on Monday, February 11, which recommends the changes.

The report claims the council has received a number of requests from the wider public asking them reduce the number further.

It adds: “We have received complaints both verbally, in person at the road shows and by e-mail from park users expressing concern regarding people walking six and more dogs at Fryent Country Park and The Welsh Harp Reservoir.” The initial restrictions, originally agreed on in April last year will also require owners to keep dogs on a lead in many walled gardens and smaller open spaces or face an on the spot fine.

However, the order does not apply to people using trained dogs that provide assistance to deaf or blind people.

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The original plans attracted mixed response from dog walkers with some claiming it would help owners have greater control while others said it was unfair to leave them on leads expressing fears over a lack of exercise.

However, the report adds that there is “no evidence” to suggest the recommendations would have a negative affect.

It says: “In general the proposed change will have a positive impact for most people who visit Brent’s parks and open spaces.”