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Dogs and Peveril Garden

The NPEL Board has made the decision to allow temporary use of Peveril Garden by dog walkers. 

The Board met with the Dog Walking Group in April  to discuss the need in the Park for an area where dog owners could meet and exercise their dogs. The Board recognises this need and together we have been looking at obtaining access to appropriate spaces in the Park and this is progressing well, albeit slowly.
We agreed in April that if an appropriate space could not be found in the short term we would look at other temporary measures to address the needs of dog owners, and particularly elderly or disabled residents in the Park who might not be able so easily to travel to other venues to exercise their dogs. The only other spaces available, as you know, are the Circuses and Peveril Garden.

There is very strong opinion on all sides concerning the use of these spaces and this has become a divisive issue in our community which we must address for the benefit of all. Should any permanent changes be made to the current arrangements my view is it will only create conflict and further division unless built on a consensus after proper consultation -  i.e a discussion in a general meeting.

The Board debated the matter at the August meeting and unanimously approved that, as a temporary measure, access to dogs should be provided to Peveril Garden for an initial trial period until the Company AGM in early November when we will take feedback. 

I would not propose to say that this offer to the Dog Walking Group comes with conditions because the control of dogs and fouling issues are covered by the law generally and apply as anywhere, but there would be a number of wishes as to the way in which we would want to see the gardens used, given that it is not a large space. Firstly, if there are other residents there, dog owners, I know, will respect their space while we all get used to the new arrangements. Secondly, it is the intention that the Garden should not be the first port of call, but more somewhere for those who have little alternative - i.e. disabled or elderly residents. Lastly, it should not be overrun with dogs, though again I would not want to put a limit to the number of dogs at any one time - nothing more than common sense.  Successful use of the Garden would evidently be useful in any future debate on the subject, and I hope all progresses well. 

Andrew Timms
Chair, NPEL Board

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