By Matt Jarram, Local Democracy Reporter
Dogs owners could be banned from taking their pets to parts of Newark or be forced to put them on leads under new proposals.
Newark and Sherwood District Council is reviewing the way it controls dogs in parks and other open spaces.
In 2018, councillors agreed to a number of Public Space Protection Orders – which can result in fixed penalty notices being handed to irresponsible dog owners.
These orders are due to be reviewed, with some parish councils asking for new locations to be added to the list of areas where dogs are banned or must be put on leads.
Collingham Parish Council has asked that Pitomy play area is added as a dog exclusion zone.
Rosemary Fabian, chair of the counci, said: “It is near a dog walking public footpath and it is a children’s play area. We have had a fence put up. It is just trying to keep dogs away from the children.”
Southwell Town Council has requested dogs on leads controls are removed from the area known as Froggats Field.
But it wants to add the area around Potwell Dyke, Higgins Field, the skate park and to keep the area around the war memorial and the old Minster school field.
Cllr Sally Reynolds, chair of the council, said: “Froggats Field is an ideal location for dog walkers to take their dogs off leads because there are no recreational activities taking place there.
“Whereas, the other areas, particularly the war memorial recreation ground are areas with children’s play areas, sporting activities and people enjoying walks and relaxation and may not wish to be concerned about dogs off leads.”
Blidworth Parish Council has requested dogs on leads controls are added to the Sherwood Avenue playing field.
The council said: “The parish council are concerned about the level of dog fouling on this field and believe that this is exacerbated by owners allowing their dogs to run free.”
Lowdham Parish Council has requested dogs on leads controls are added to Lowdham Cemetery.
Epperstone Parish Council has also requested a dogs on leads order for a small area of land around the perimeter of a larger open space known as the village playing field.
This currently has a dog exclusion zone so allowing dogs to walk in this area on a lead would ‘improve the availability of exercise area for dog walkers’, the council stated.
Farnsfield Parish Council has asked to change the current dog exclusion area on Wilson’s Field to a dogs on lead area.
Officers have recommended to councillors that from February 8, 2022, the council be recommended to make the appropriate Public Space Protection Orders to the areas listed.
Southwell Town Council and Blidworth Parish Council are asked to provide additional evidence in support of the extra controls requested.
Councillors will discuss the proposals at a Leisure and Environment Committee on Tuesday, January 25.
Areas where dogs must be on leads:
Mount Road Cemetery, Balderton
Playground to the rear of 90 to 96 Henton Road, Edwinstowe
Village Green, Main Street, Fiskerton cum Morton
Riverside Footpath, Fiskerton cum Morton
Halam Churchyard, Church Lane, Halam
London Road Cemetery, Newark
Village Hall, Staythorpe Road, Rolleston
Playing Field behind ex Minster School, Church Street, Southwell
Newark Castle Grounds
Wilson’s Field, Station Lane, Farnsfield
The marked perimeter of the village playing field Epperstone
Areas where dogs will be excluded:
Grove Street Play Area, Balderton
Mead Way Play Area, Balderton
Southfields Play Area, Balderton
Worthington Road Play Area, Balderton
Play Area, Coronation Street Playing Field, Balderton
Brewery Playing Field, Kirklington Road, Bilsthorpe
Crompton Road Playing Field, Bilsthorpe
Children’s Play Area adjacent to Crompton Road Playing Field, Bilsthorpe
Play Area, Blidworth Community Centre, Mansfield Road, Blidworth
Marriott Lane Playing Field, Blidworth
Sherwood Avenue (Fenced Skateboard Park & Football/Basketball Court), Blidworth
Greenwood Crescent Play Area, Boughton
Bracken Avenue Play Areas, Boughton
Ferndale Close Play Area, Boughton
Village Playing Field, Caunton
Dodsley Way Play Area Clipstone
Hilcote Drive Play Area, Clipstone
Vicar Water Country Park (enclosed play area), Clipstone
Thorpe Close Playing Field (enclosed play area), Coddington
Thorpe Oaks Playing Field, (enclosed play area), Coddington
Swinderby Road Playing Field, Collingham
Playground to the rear of 38 to 48 Henton Road, Edwinstowe
Fourth Avenue Play Area, Edwinstowe
Sherwood Fields, Sixth Avenue, Edwinstowe
Village Playing Field, Epperstone
Children’s Playground, Marsh Lane, Farndon
Parfitt Drive Play Area, Farnsfield
Station Lane Playground, Farnsfield
Morton Recreation Ground, Fiskerton cum Morton
School Playing Field, Halam
Playing Field, Kneeton View, Hoveringham
St Michael’s Churchyard and Cemetery, Gonalston Lane, Hoveringham
Playing Field, Main Street, Kirton
Village Green, Kneesall
Car Park /Play Area, Kneesall
Sports Ground and Play Area, The Bar, Laxton
Beckitt’s Field, Bathley Lane, Little Carlton
Southwell Road Sports Ground, Lowdham
Playing Field at the rear of Village Hall, Main Street, Lowdham
Old Tannery Drive (enclosed play area), Lowdham
Enclosed Children’s Play Area, Main Street, Lowdham
Tolney Lane Playground, Newark
Beaumond Gardens (enclosed Bowling Green), Newark
Sherwood Avenue Bowling Green and Tennis Courts, Newark
Sherwood Avenue (enclosed sunken games area and children’s playground), Newark
Sconce Hills and Devon Park Children’s Playground, Boundary Road, Newark
Riverside Park (enclosed play area), Tolney Lane, Newark
Cleveland Square Playing Field (enclosed play area), Newark
Lawrence Street Play Area, Newark
Cherry Holt Playing Field (enclosed play area), Newark
Fleming Drive Playing Field (enclosed play area), Newark
Bridge Community Centre Playing Field (enclosed play area), Newark
Linseed Avenue Play Area, Newark
Edgehill Drive Play Area, Newark
Newbury Road Play Area, Newark
Syerston Way (enclosed play area), Newark
Children’s Play Area, Stepnall Heights, New Ollerton
Children’s Play Area, Central Park, Sherwood Energy Village, New Ollerton
Children’s Play Area, rear of 2 to 16 Poplar Street, New Ollerton
Playing Field, Caunton Road, Norwell
Play Park School Lane Norwell
The War Memorial, Main Street, Ollerton Village
Yew Tree Road Play Area, Ollerton.
Children’s Play Area, Main Street, Oxton
2 Acre Playing Field, rear of Village Hall, Staythorpe Road, Rolleston
Jubilee Garden, Rolleston
Norwood Gardens Play Area, Southwell
Enclosed Toddler’s Play Area, Memorial Park, Southwell
Centenary Playing Fields, Southwell
Playground, Church Lane, South Scarle
Recreation Ground, Grassthorpe Road, Sutton on Trent
Walesby Village Hall Grounds, Walesby
Play Area and Football Pitch Walesby
Potter Lane Play Area, Wellow
Cemetery – Lowdham