Stratford District Council beveelt honden in het centrum van de stad aan te latenfebruari 24, 2020
Red the kelpie and Floyd the fox terrier, pictured with their owners Ella Borrows and Te Raunatanga Williams-Edwards, were excited when dogs were allowed in the Hāwera CBD. Now, the neighboring district of Stratford is looking at the change. (File photo)
Dogs may be allowed in the heart of a Taranaki town – but it’s up to the community to decide.
As part of the Draft Control of Dogs Bylaw 2020, the Stratford District Council is proposing leashed dogs be allowed along Broadway and Prospero Place.
The proposed bylaw will soon be out for public consultation after councillors gave it their backing at Tuesday’s ordinary meeting of council.
Councillor Grant Boyde said he was looking forward to hearing the public’s views.
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“Stratford is a dog-friendly place,” Boyde said.
Councillor Min McKay said she agreed with Boyde and said the proposed change to the bylaw would bring “more people and vibrancy” into the centre of town.
The proposed bylaw and Stratford District Council Dog Control Policy would be sent out together for the public consultation, council environmental services director Blair Sutherland said.
Councillor Peter Dalziel said this was a “messy” process as the community had to read multiple documents and cross reference each.
“It’s getting confusing isn’t it?” he said.
Mayor Neil Volzke explained it isn’t a process that just happens with the dog policy and bylaw, but it is in place in case changes beyond council’s control are made.
“That has been our practice,” Volzke said.
The mayor said it had been a number of years since the bylaw had been changed and he expected a “good range of responses”.
This bylaw follows a review of the Park and Reserves Bylaw last year that saw a whopping 38 submissions from dog owners.
Council had proposed dogs be leashed on popular walkways but quickly made a U-turn on its decision.