Issue of dogs on leads at Blickling explained

Just Regional
Jun 18, 2015 2 mins read

In a bid to clear up any misunderstandings about the situation with dogs on or off leads at Blickling Park, general manager Helen Bailey has sent this open letter to inform our readers of the most recent developments.

Many of you will have read in the June 6 issue of Just Aylsham the plans to set up a working party of local people to move things forward sensibly.

We held the first meeting on June 11, attended by myself, marketing and visitor manager Jo Bosch, head ranger Dave Brady and 18 members of the community who had put themselves forward at the meeting on May 20.

We reviewed all correspondence, press coverage, comments and feedback, as well as noting a summary of incidents and complaints received over the past few months.

We agreed to look again at the new signage to see if there was an area in the park where dogs being “under effective control” does not mean having to be on a lead at all times. We will be doing this sometime in July and will let people know what actions have been agreed.

The meeting was also informed that the new signage had not been put up due to change in policy but as an exercise to update scruffy, outdated signs.

We talked about the pressure of trying to meet the needs of multiple park users with the population of Aylsham continuing to grow and the increasing need for green space.

We invited the group to challenge and report people behaving irresponsibly in the park and not abiding by the bylaws – littering, allowing dogs to cause a nuisance or disturbing wildlife – so that action can be taken where appropriate.

It was also agreed that dogs would still be welcome in the back room of the Muddy Boots cafe.

-Helen Bailey


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