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  • Grant bid by group which aims to promote responsible dog ownership

    Danielle Thompson

    A VOLUNTEER group which aims to promote responsible dog ownership in Sefton have applied for a community fund for a £1,000 grant to set up a website.

    Members of Sefton Dogs, who work alongside Sefton Council to promote their aims, have applied to the Aviva Community fund for a grant of £1,000 to enable them to set up a website.

    The group was formed ealier this year in response to the proposed changes to the Dog Laws within Sefton under the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

    Restrictions were proposed which would have resulted in limited opportunities for off lead walking in the local area.

    The work of the group resulted in Sefton Council changing its most restrictive proposals. The PSPO, which came into force in July 2017, will be reviewed in 2020, and the Sefton Dogs group firmly believe in the importance of promoting responsible dog ownership to ensure the council will renew the PSPO when the time comes, and not impose restrictions on where dogs can be exercised off lead within the borough.

    The website that the group are hoping to gain funding for would contain information such as where dogs are allowed off the lead, where dogs must be on a lead, and where dogs are prohibited.

    There would also be information about dog-friendly establishments in the area such as cafes, pubs and hotels, and a nature calendar which will alert dog owners to specific times of year when they need to be aware that ground nesting birds may be roosting, or natter jack toads may be spawning – so avoiding certain areas with their dogs to ensure they don’t disrupt the natural habitats of these native creatures.

    If you’d like to vote for the group, visit avivacommunityfund.co.uk. Voting closes on Tuesday, November 21.

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