Consultation on the Marlborough District Council Dog Control Policy and Bylaw is underway and will run for six weeks, closing at 5.00 pm on Monday 9 November.
Animal Control Contract Manager Jane Robertson says the new draft bylaw proposes including making some parts of the Taylor River Reserve on-leash instead of the current off-leash.
“Instead of the Taylor River being totally off-leash the proposal suggests that dogs need to be on a leash on the section of the Taylor River Reserve from The Quays, near Raupo café to the Burleigh Bridge. This area is popular with a wide range of people, not just dog walkers, and is where we see the most conflict between different users.”
“We have had instances of uncontrolled dogs and also owners not cleaning up after their dogs in this area,” Ms Robertson said.
Other proposed changes in the draft bylaw include allowing dogs into Blenheim’s CBD if they are on a leash and under control, and increasing the restricted area around playgrounds for dogs from three to ten metres. Prohibiting dogs from Blenheim’s Pollard Park and Ward Beach is also proposed.
“We want input from dog owners and the general public to make sure our policy and bylaw works for everyone in our region,” Ms Robertson said.
Following the consultation period, hearings will take place in early December when submitters have the opportunity to speak.
Submission forms, copies of the Statement of Proposal, and the draft proposed policy and bylaw are also available at the Council’s Blenheim office, the Picton Library and Service Centre and from Animal Control at 56 Main Street, Blenheim.