Hondenverbod kan de Auckland-man verhinderen om naar Marlborough te verhuizenoktober 27, 2019
Antony Mackle, right and partner Roger Bastable are rethinking moving to Blenheim from Auckland after hearing dogs are usually banned in the CBD.
Blenheim’s ban on dogs in the CBD might just be enough to stop an Auckland man moving to Blenheim.
Antony Mackle was sipping on a flat white at Blenheim’s CBD cafe last week when he decided it might finally be time to find his forever home in Blenheim.
At the time, Mackle, whose family were from Marlborough, was surrounded by “about six well behaved dogs” outside Blenheim’s CBD cafe.
“It’s always great when we visit Blenheim, but this time was particularly friendly,” Mackle said.
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Mackle and his partner, Roger Bastable had since contacted Marlborough real estate agents and started to look at Blenheim property.
Mackle has two cavalier king charles dogs, Lilly,13, and Olive,7, which he described as his “girls”.
However, after returning to Auckland and saw a television story about the trial lifting the usual ban on dogs in Blenheim’s CBD, and was now rethinking a move south.
The ban has been lifted for a month as part of the town’s hosting of the Black Hawk national dog show from October 2-5.
“Dogs are a companion for so many people,” Mackle said.
“It’s ridiculous that they are not allowed in the CBD.”
Mackle said on his trips to Blenheim he had never noticed the signage about the dog ban.
During his visit earlier this month Mackle went to Saint Mary’s Church, where his parents, Patrick (Pat) and Imelda Mackle married on October 3 1953.
“It was a nice spring day when we were there but I realise now why it was such a pleasant visit, because dogs were around and people were interacting because of it.”
Mackle said Olive was a rescue dog who Mackle said “had been tied to a washing line pole her whole life”.
“She is now just part of the gang and she’s totally finding out what living is about,” Mackle said.
Mackle said every Sunday he would travel 43km to have a flat white at his favourite dog-friendly cafe.
“We take our dogs everywhere, so hearing about the dog ban, it’s enough to make us question whether we should move to Blenheim,” Mackle said.
Marlborough District Council animal control sub-committee chairman Jamie Arbuckle has previously said council would use the number of complaints during the period to gage whether the ban should be lifted.
Arbuckle said from verbal feedback he had so-far the bylaw lift had been well received.
He was not aware if there had been any complaints laid yet as this would be looked into at the end of the trial.
“Like everything, there will be some people in support of the lift and some that are still very anti dogs in the CBD, there doesn’t seem to be many people sitting in the middle,” Arbuckle said.
During the trial the Blenheim Business Association provided dog paw stickers to show what businesses supported dogs in the CBD – something Arbuckle said “was a really good idea”.