De Raad wijzigt de statuten om honden toe te staan in de stadscentra van South Taranakiseptember 7, 2019
Red the kelpie and Floyd the fox terrier get a preview of their new freedom to accompany their owner Ella Borrows and Te Raunatanga Williams-Edwards, into central Hāwera.
Good dogs will be able to go to town with their owners this summer in South Taranaki, a change that could make it Taranaki’s most dog-friendly district.
A recent change to the South Taranaki District Council’s dog control bylaw means owners will soon be able to walk their dogs on leash in the central areas of Hāwera, Opunake and Eltham, where they have been banned up till now.
This will give South Taranaki dogs more freedom than their counterparts further north, with only service dogs permitted in the central business area in Stratford and New Plymouth, although other towns in the New Plymouth District allow leashed dogs in their shopping areas.
The bylaw change in South Taranaki follows a month-long consultation at which nearly 70 per cent of the 114 submissions received supported the change, STDC environmental services group manager Liam Dagg said.
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“This is an opportunity for dog owners to show that this can work successfully,” he said.
“Over the next few months our animal control officers will monitor the changes to ensure the bylaw is working in a positive way for our communities.”
Fifty per cent of submitters to the bylaw review supported dogs on leads being permitted in CBDs, 19 per cent supported dogs on leads outside of business hours being permitted, 25 per cent wanted to keep dogs prohibited from CBDs and 6 per cent did not say either way.
The change will come into force from mid-November, once all the ‘no dogs’ signs were removed or amended in the town centres.
From then on, dogs on a leash and under full control will be allowed in the town centres, although dogs classified as menacing or dangerous would continue to be banned, he said.
Dogs were already permitted in the CBD areas of other towns across the district.
Other changes in the bylaw include a new requirement for dogs to be on a leash for the entire length of the Denby Rd walkway, the loop track and rural section of Fairfield Rd, however they can be off their leash at Waihi Reserve and on the beach.
The council was also looking for a location for a leash-free dog exercise area for Waverley.