Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Park Takes Lead over Walkies

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Park Takes Lead over Walkies

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Dog owners will take a paws for thought before letting their pets loose in a Middlesbrough park.

New notices have been posted in Albert Park banning dogs from some areas, but allowing them to run free in others.

The colour-coded scheme is a 12-week pilot initiative aimed at ensuring a trip to the park is enjoyable for all.

Red notices ban dogs from entering certain areas, amber signs tell owners their pet must be on a lead and green areas allow the canines to roam freely.

Dogs have been banned from play areas, picnic spots and inside buildings and the pets must be on a lead on main footpaths and sports and events areas.

Park users are being asked for their comments. If the scheme is a success it may be introduced in other parks in the town.

Councillor David Budd, Middlesbrough Council's executive member for environment, said: "The aim is to make dog owners more aware of their responsibility to other people enjoying the park."

Jim Moody, the council's park manager, said: "We want people to come forward and fill in comment cards, positively or negatively, about whether they think it is reasonable for us to expect people to keep dogs on leads. …

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