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Council agrees to alter “contradictory” dog ban signs at sports grounds

Posted on Monday 5th November 2012 at 12:07 pm by SH (Editor)

Tom Adkins and Charlie the labrador celebrate the Town Council's decision.

Town Councillors have voted unanimously to replace “No Dogs Allowed” signs at sports grounds in Bradley Stoke after residents claimed the wording was contradictory to the Council’s longstanding official policy of allowing responsible owners to exercise their pets at the sites.

New signs reading “Responsible Dog Owners Welcomed” will now be installed in their place.

The matter came to the fore last month after regular dog walkers, including a Town Councillor, noticed that a new “No Dogs Allowed” sign had been erected on the gate into the car park of the Baileys Court Activity Centre.

The Town Council insisted its policy was “not to ban dogs” but said the sign acted as “back up” for staff when dealing with irresponsible dog owners who did not pick up after their pets.

A petition against the sign was raised (attracting 51 signatures) and dog walker Cllr Roger Avenin tabled the matter at last month’s meeting of the Council’s Planning Committee.

Old "no dogs allowed" sign.

At the meeting, Cllr Rob Jones reiterated that the Council didn’t have a “no dogs” policy and said that although the sign was new, the wording on it was no different from that on a previous sign, which had been in position for the past 14 years. To prove the point, the previous sign (photo, right) was exhibited to the meeting by the Council’s Facilities Manager John Rendell.

The sign had been replaced because the Town Council’s telephone number, displayed on the sign, has changed as a result of the recent move into new offices at the Jubilee Centre.

More: Decision welcomed as "a victory for common sense" »

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Dog walkers stumped by Council’s new cricket field sign

Posted on Friday 5th October 2012 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Sign at Baileys Court Activity Centre: "Playing fields - no dogs allowed".

A local resident who exercises his dog on the cricket field at Baileys Court says the Town Council is putting out contradictory signals about whether dogs are allowed at the site.

The claim comes after a new ‘No Dogs’ sign was erected on the main gates into the site, despite Council staff having told people for years that “responsible” dog owners are welcome.

The confusion is compounded by the fact that there are still various signs asking owners to clear up after their dogs and numerous waste bins still in position around the playing field.

Tom Adkins, who regularly walks his Labrador at Baileys Court, told The Journal:

“I understand what the authority is trying to achieve but the signage is wrong. If responsible dog owners are welcome, this is what the sign should say – along with a warning that failure to comply will result in you being asked to leave. As it is, owners do not know where they stand and are open to abuse from persons who are anti-dog, like I gather some have received from cricket club members.”

“Having a banning sign and then providing dog waste facilities is simply contradictory and no help to anyone. If anything, responsible owners are now likely to avoid the field for fear of rule breaking, so all the Council will have achieved is to alienate the type of dog owners that they have said are welcome.”

According to Mr Adkins, Council workers at the site say they have received several complaints about the new signage from confused dog owners.

More: "Our policy is not to ban dogs," says Council »

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Police to target anti-social behaviour at Baileys Court shops

Posted on Tuesday 18th August 2009 at 10:11 am by SH (Editor)

Baileys Court Shops

The area behind Tesco Express, Baileys Court, is the latest hotspot for anti-social behaviour in Bradley Stoke, according to local police and residents.

The problem has been agreed as a police priority after a worker from one of the businesses in the block behind Tesco Express raised the matter at a recent Bradley Stoke Safer & Stronger Community Group meeting.

That meeting heard that youths aged 15 to 16 gather in the area at around 12-1am and frequently upturn rubbish skips belonging to Tesco Express and scatter the contents around the site.

It was also reported that the shop windows of the smaller businesses at the site (including Burke & Co., Ocean & St Peter’s Hospice) have been smeared with yoghurt, blackberries and eggs.

The police have been called out frequently and some of the activities have been captured on CCTV.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Jason Green has been tasked with examining the CCTV footage and advising on the installation of new security equipment. Patrols in the evenings will be increased and Tesco will be asked to properly secure the bins.

Elsewhere in town, anti-social behaviour in Manor Farm Crescent, an earlier hotspot, now appears to have lessened. Police say they have received only one call-out to the area since April.

Burnt panels in the fencing at the Manor Farm Crescent pedestrian entrance to the Willow Brook Centre site, the result of an arson incident involving a stolen moped several months ago,  have now been replaced.

Centre Manager Scott Lahive apologised for the delay and promised that “any future damage will be picked up in a shorter timescale”.

The next meeting of the Bradley Stoke Safer & Stronger Community Group will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 27th October at Baileys Court Activity Centre.

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