Ottery group wants 'dog ASBOs' for town

PUBLISHED: 16:33 26 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:32 18 June 2010

A CAMPAIGN group which fought against Ottery dog-control orders, supports in principle the compromise reached over the Winters Lane Playing Field.

A CAMPAIGN group which fought against Ottery dog-control orders, "supports in principle" the compromise reached over the Winters Lane Playing Field.

This month the Herald reported how East Devon District Council (EDDC) chiefs agreed to ban dogs from the site but allocate them a small, fenced off strip of it and restrict the animals to leads in the Land of Canaan.

Ottery Dogs spokeswoman Mel Turner said group members hope the area, earmarked for the Oak Close end of the field, will provide "an area of green space to meet the needs of all the community."

The group, however, want EDDC to re-think over its decision over the land of Canaan and consider slapping irresponsible owners with a "dog ASBOs" instead.

Mrs Turner said: "We feel this order should be amended to a 'dogs on lead by direction order' to avoid punishing the majority of responsible dog owners.

Ottery town council have backed both measures in the town. Mayor Glyn Dobson said this week that the council will discuss EDDC's decision over the compromise at its next full meeting.

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