HASLAND: New rules mean dogs must be kept on leads

Dogs must now be kept on leads
Dogs must now be kept on leads

New dog control measures have come into force at Eastwood Park, Hasland after a public consultation by Chesterfield Borough Council.

The plans, which were originally published in March, that dogs will have to be kept on a lead in the northern part of the park, including: the access road, car parks, gardens, courts and bowling green.

In addition, dogs will not be allowed in the children’s play area of the park.

Owners may allow their dogs off the lead in the rest of the park but will have to use a lead when asked to do so by an authorised officer.

Owners failing to follow the new rules will face a £50 fixed penalty notice from the council’s enforcement officers. The Borough Council will also have the power to take persistent offenders to court, where the maximum penalty is a fine of up to £1,000.

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for environment said: “The response from residents through the consultation and through our Facebook page has been positive and I am pleased to say that the measures will be in place at the beginning of August.”

The council may introduce similar dog control measures in other parts of the borough at a later date.

Eastwood Park, a Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field re-opened earlier this month after a 10 month refurbishment funded through a £1.3 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.