With many enjoying the summer weather with their pets outside, Wrexham Council are reminding dog owners to be aware of the new-ish restrictions in place that could land you a £100 fine.
Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for the Environment and Transport, said: “The new measures have been in force since March and have been largely well received by dog owners and non-dog owners.
“We’ve kept them simple so there shouldn’t be any confusion about where dogs can and can’t go and I think they allow for dogs to be exercised properly and responsibly.
“Picking up after a dog has fouled is and always has been our main area of concern and I am pleased to say that since we started fining more for this particular offence officers are reporting more owners are now picking up after their dogs.”
The Council have reminded people: “If you take your dog to one of our country parks they dog can run around free and have a great time but they should be on the lead when they’re in the car parks and Visitor Centres. This makes sense and protects you and your dog from harm.
“If you dog is running free though in our parks and causing distress or nuisance to others though you must put it back on the lead when asked to do so by an authorised officer who can be an Enforcement Officer or Park Ranger. If you’re with your dog on the public footpaths and highways your dog should be on a lead at all times.
Dogs are not allowed on bowling greens, marked sports pitches and fenced children’s play areas, skate parks, tennis courts and multi use games areas.
It is an offence not to pick up dog mess, and some dog owners have been caught and fined for it already.
The restrictions are part of the Public Spaces Protection Order which came into force earlier this year following public consultation which showed strong support for control of dogs in certain areas of Wrexham’s parks and visitor centres.
Wrexham Council say there are ‘clear signposts’ in Wrexham’s parks and public areas.