Southampton pet lovers set to march with pooches to Civic Centre
BARKING mad! That’s how dog lovers have described plans to ban their pets from parts of Southampton’s parks.
Owners say they will march on the Civic Centre with their pooches and armed with pooper scoopers to stop them introducing new dog control orders.
Under the new scheme city bosses would hold the power to add more restrictions to where dogs can roam free. Dogs are currently banned from 14 per cent of the city’s parks and open spaces.
The plans could be introduced as part of a green parks code to clarify the rules in the 49 parks and green spaces and Dot has already spread word to her customers.
Joy Donnell, from West End, was outraged by possible plans to install 1,000 warning signs for dog owners, costing £35 each, across the city.
Joy, 42, said: “Haven’t they got anything else better to spend their money on?
“Why don’t they spend that money on youth programmes or support for older persons or even more bins for dog mess.
“If all the council can do is be unclear on the decision to stop dogs being walked in parks, more dog owners will take to footpaths.
“That will mean there is more dog mess on pavements along with more dogs that are bored silly and not getting enough exercise.”
The council have said that they will not move to change any of the restricted areas in parks at this time, but would have the power to do so in the future should the plans get the green light on Monday.