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Petition calling for Highbury Fields dog walkers to be allowed to let pets run free leads to opposition

Dog walkers Joyce Capland, Francis Moore and Vic Bradord with their pets

Pictured are dog walkers Joyce Capland, Francis Moore and Vic Bradord with their pets
Published: 6 April, 2012

A CAMPAIGN to allow dogs off the lead at the northern end of Highbury Fields ran into opposition this week.

Dog walkers have launched a petition to allow their pets to run free at an acre of ground just beyond the cafe.

More than 50 people have signed and the petition is due to be presented at Islington’s next full council.

Spokesman for the group Vic Bradford said the idea is for dogs to have a fenced-off area away from picnicking families who occupy the main part of the Fields.

He added: “The fenced-off area would make it safer for dogs to be trained and exercised off the lead without fear of running into traffic or disturbing other people.

“We would, of course, be responsible for cleaning up after our animals and it would hopefully reduce conflict between dog owners and non dog people who use the Fields.”

But Martin Jones, who chairs Highbury Fields Association, thought the scheme would not win favour with the majority of residents.

“I’m not against dog owners but I believe that Highbury Fields is not really big enough to provide space for animals off their lead. Hampstead Heath would be better suited.”

Comments

Dogs not allowed free leads

I'm wondering if things have changed positively for dog owners at highbury fields; the authority could take a poll of residents of highbury to know if the idea of allowing dogs to be trained and exercised off the lead within the fenced-off area will be acceptable to them.

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