De CBD-hondenlift van Blenheim wordt gesloten, maar de definitieve beslissing kan 18 maanden durennovember 12, 2019
Sarah Diekma and her Bernese mountain dog River have lapped up being able to visit the CBD during October.
One councillor has explained Blenheim’s lift on the ban on dogs in the CBD as a “non-event” but despite this, it could still take up to 18 months for it to be permanently lifted.
Blenheim’s dog bylaw ban lift has come to a close – and while some dog owners did take advantage during October, it’s back to the old days with dogs no longer allowed in the CBD.
It was the first time dogs had been allowed into the CBD since October 2012 and the trial was to see if the ban should be lifted altogether.
Marlborough District Council’s animal control contract manager Jane Robertson said no formal complaints had been laid during the trial. However, former animal sub-committee chairperson Jamie Arbuckle thought there had been some feedback emailed to council during the trial and comments on council social media too.
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Business owners lapped up the trial, providing water bowls, treats and some even welcomed dogs on a lead into their store, something Robertson said she knew dog owners appreciated.
Arbuckle said it seemed there were initial concerns that 10,000 dogs would show up into the CBD at once.
“But it only really picked up during the dog show,” he said.
He said the reason it would take so long was because it would need to be a public consultation
Next year, the new animal sub-committee will review all bylaws. Arbuckle said one of the first bylaws that needed to be reviewed was the one banning dogs.
“That’s not just the CBD, it’s a pretty extensive list where dogs aren’t allowed,” he said.
Council would first need to form a proposal, it would then go through the animal sub-committee followed a public consultation before residents could have their say on their submissions.
“That’s why I say about 18 months, there’s about five or six steps in this,” Arbuckle said.
Robertson said while there were no formal complaints laid, there were some “emotive people who felt very strongly” about the bylaw so it was important there was a hearing process.
While no dogs could be found in the CBD on Wednesday afternoon, Sarah Diekema was walking her dog River along the Taylor River.
She said she had taken advantage of the ban being lifted, often going into the CBD to have a coffee with River receiving dog treats that some businesses would give out.
Fellow dog owner David Kundycki said he had chosen not to take his dogs into the CBD during the trial.
“They’re a bit too energetic for a space like that, so it’s just a decision I make to bring them down here [Taylor River] instead.”
He was supportive of dogs being in the CBD, but said 18 months seemed like a long a time for something that “should be quite simple”.