Welcome for rethink on dogs-on-lead order in Conwy

Reporter:

Annie Roberts

A decision by Conwy council which may see an end to the dogs on lead order has been welcomed by protestors.

Assembly Member, Janet Finch-Saunders and former Mayor of Llandudno, Cllr Carol Marubbi, welcomed the decision to replace the dog control order with public spaces protection orders.

The move follows a sustained campaign by the politicians and local residents

Janet Finch-Saunders AM said: “I have had a positive meeting with the Cabinet Member and Head of Service, and it does appear that there are going to be some positive outcomes.

“I certainly don’t condone dog fouling, the littering of our streets, or dogs being off the lead where they are not allowed to be.

“However, given the amount of concern, and the huge number of complaints received with regards to the approach of those acting on behalf of the council, it is obvious that there has to be a different way of doing things going forward.”

Cllr Carol Marubbi said: “I am pleased that the council have listened to campaigners, and accepted that there are issues here.

“However, I am not sure that they have gone far enough. The severity of the potential impact on tourism in Llandudno, as well as the bullying of our elderly and disabled people, hasn’t been addressed. I would like to see the council take responsibility for this, and to see the return of any unjust fines issued.

“Now, we need to dissect what the council is proposing - will this be to the benefit of dog walkers, or detrimental? We are so limited in where we can take our dogs now. Improved signage, as a minimum, in order to comply with the law, must be a first port of call”.

A public meeting will be held in the Imperial Hotel, Llandudno, 6pm Thursday, July 20 to discuss the issue.

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annie.roberts@nwn.co.uk

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