Order placed on park first in borough

A Public Spaces Protection order has been applied to Basil Russell Park, Nuthall.  Pictured are Councillors Jill and Philip Owen with Linda Carter and Bella at the park
A Public Spaces Protection order has been applied to Basil Russell Park, Nuthall. Pictured are Councillors Jill and Philip Owen with Linda Carter and Bella at the park

An order could be put on a park in Nuthall to stop loose dogs scaring walkers and children – and it would the first of its kind in the borough.

If dogs were found without a lead on in the Basil Russell Playing Field, owners would be fined £75 on the spot.

Fines would also be issued is dog mess was not cleared up, and if dogs entered the children’s play area.

If dog walkers did not comply with officers requests, they could be prosectued and face a £1,000 fine.

The order is being proposed by Broxtowe Borough Council and is out for public consultation before going ahead.

The chair of Nuthall Parish Council Jill Owen said: “We have had problems with dogs racing about and running wild on the park and they are jumping up at young children and frightening them.

“We’ve had a couple of occasions where large dogs have attacked and frightened small dogs and caused distress to young children as well.

“We’ve also had two occasions where adults have felt so intimidated that they have had to leave the park.

“We had a number of complaints from residents saying they would no longer go on the park while dogs were runnign wild.

“The park is for all users, not just people with dogs. There’s football and cricket on the Basil Russell Field and it’s hard if there are dogs runing around,” she added.

Nuthall Parish Council suggested the borough council introduce the Public Spaces Protection Order to combat the problems.

Chair of the borough council’s community safety committee, councillor Jan Goold said: “We want the borough to be a place which will be protected and enhanced for future generations. We’re striving to make Broxtowe a cleaner place, to make sure that everyone can be proud of our parks, and we will not tolerate people who do not clear up after their dogs.

“Dog mess may contain parasites which can be harmful to humans and can even cause blindness in extreme cases. It’s also unpleasant for other local people to see and step in when they’re out and about.

“Public Spaces Protection Orders are just one of the ways we can help to achieve this.”

Residents are being asked to tell the council their opinion on this proposed order to see whether or not it should be implemented.

All they need to do is fill in a short online form at http://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/BasilRussellParkPSPO. The deadline for responses is Friday 4th May.

If you would like to make a dog fouling complaint, please report it to the Neighbourhood Wardens on 0115 917 77777, neighbourhood.wardens@broxtowe.gov.uk or on our Love Broxtowe website at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/lovebroxtowe. To have your say on the proposed order, please fill in the online survey at http://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/BasilRussellParkPSPO.