Have your say... Do you agree with plans for a dog free zone at popular park near Norwich?

Jules Bowman with her dog Pete at Catton Park. She is concerned over a proposal to ban dogs from the park. 
Photo by Simon Finlay. Jules Bowman with her dog Pete at Catton Park. She is concerned over a proposal to ban dogs from the park. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
8:47 AM

The custodians of a green space near Norwich admitted they were considering an extension to a dog free zone at Catton Park, but insisted they had no plans to completely ban man’s best friend.

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Hundreds of Old Catton residents attended a meeting last night to air their views on proposals for the future of the historic park after fears were raised that new restrictions could be placed on dog owners.

The trustees of the 70 acre park commissioned a survey of users of the popular park, which revealed that 20pc of those questioned wanted dogs banned from the site.

However, officials from Old Catton Parish Council, the new trustees of the park, told a public meeting in the church hall that they hoped to find a compromise, which could include a larger dog free zone and places where owners would have to put their pets on a lead.

Glen Tingle, a trustee of the Catton Park Trust, said the organisation had spent £18,000 on a consultancy firm to draw up a ten year plan for the site to make it self sustainable.

However, some local residents said they did not go to the park because there were too many dogs and some people felt frightened by them running around.

“We want people to think about how dog owners and non dog owners can coexist so that everyone is happy and raise the funds to make it self sustainable. 50pc of those surveyed said they should leave it alone and there is nothing wrong with it. 30pc said that there is some compromise to be had and 20pc said dogs should be banned,” he said.

The debate came after the trust was awarded just under £100,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund Transition scheme earlier this year to help it find ways to make the park, which includes 20 acres of woodland, more sustainable.

The open meeting heard that the park cost around £50,000 a year to run and the cost of emptying dog poo bins was £2,800 a year. However, many of the more than 200 crowd said they would be prepared to contribute towards the cost of the bins.

Bradley Sabberton-Coe, chairman of the parish council, added that the trustees were considering the cost of widening the dog free zone in Catton Park. He added that the majority of dog owners kept their animals under control.

“This is not about stopping people using Catton Park. That is not what this meeting is about. What we are trying to do is make it a place where everyone can use it and the majority of users are dog owners,” he said.

Karen Tanner, of the Friends of Catton Park, added that local people could help contribute towards the upkeep and maintenance of the site by becoming paid up members of the friends group.

“The place is open to everyone and everyone should be considerate to everyone else. The problem with dog poo is a national one,” she said.

The park was designed by Humphry Repton in the 18th century.

59 comments

  • There are some myths to be dispelled on this matter… Let me start by emphasising that I have nothing against dogs and their responsible owners enjoying Catton Park but it is a fact that many local residents (not just children) are put off using the park because of aggressive dogs running free. I took my daughters there once; they were so scared by big dogs jumping up at them that they refused to ever go back. I tried walking in Catton Park daily for several months, despite dogs frequently charging at me and jumping up at me. I always had to take a stick or umbrella to defend myself. In the end, I gave up because it wasn’t worth the aggro. I attended this recent meeting which had intended to explore solutions for making the park attractive to the whole community but it was hijacked by a pack of rowdy dog owners who are cynically trying to avoid any change by pretending (including to the press) that this is all about ‘banning’ dogs from the park. They know that this is not true but they shamelessly use this tactic to resist any possible limits on their dogs running freely through the WHOLE park. These campaigning dog owners like to point out that the park is used almost exclusively by dog owners. This is true but that is NOT because there is no appetite for non-dog owners to walk there, it’s because we have been chased out by dogs. There is a small fenced-off ‘picnic area’ at the south end of the park. Dog owners like to point out that non -dog owners don’t use this area. Well of course not!! What are they supposed to do – walk round in circles in this little area?! If the trust wants to attract others to walk in the park, they must be able to be confident that they can walk right THROUGH the park without being molested by dogs. THERE IS A SOLUTION TO THIS. But it’s NOT enlarging the picnic area. The fencing from this area should be used (and added to) to make a larger fenced off area in which dogs can run free (I suggest the East section of the park by Spixworth Road entrance where the cars park). This would allow plenty of space for dogs to run around off leads. The remainder of the park could then be safe for children and the rest of us, preferably dog-free but, if not that, then with dogs on leads. As I write this, in the EDP poll, there is a majority vote in favour of dog-free zones in the park. We should let the WHOLE community decide on this matter. A great deal of public money has gone into this park so it should be welcoming to everybody. 98% of those attending the meeting were dog owners. They were the only ones who knew about it because those who avoid the park don’t read the notices at its entrance and didn’t know about this meeting. The policeman at the meeting said that a dog had been killed in the park by another dog. My concern is that we will have to wait until someone is mauled before there is any change.

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    Lazarus

    Sunday, August 24, 2014

  • Don't know where else to put this, so people will see it I would propose the following with support from other dog owners and non dog owners, everyone must agree a compromise is required to move forward on this matter 1. Go ahead and enlarge the picnic area into the woods BUT instead of being a no dog’s area, make it dogs on leads so families with dogs can enjoy any children’s play facilitiesactivities that may be put there to encourage more people to use the park. 2. Introduce a separate “Friends of Catton Park Dog owners" section to the existing park membership, perhaps the membership can be allocated at the choice of the members. a tick box on the form to say that 25% of you membership goes to dog related activities (obviously this is subject to discussion. 3. Most people carry mobile phones these days, Encourage people who witness any dogs behaving aggressively to take pictures of them and their owners, without of course putting themselves at risk. Also to photograph any antisocial behavior, litter bugs, suspicious persons etc. 4. Could I further suggest that it would be unrealistic to try and raise £50.000 after the grant monies run out. There will be no parachute payments. If it were a business the first thing you would look at what would be realistic running costs, given the projected income. Of course the only way to do that is by cutting your overheads. I.E reduce your running costs by (in this case) 50% which in this case leaves £25.000 still a large sum but slightly more achievable. 5. Dogs to be on leads in the wooded areas around the park, especially where the woods runs alongside the road on St Faith's road. I would like to think this is a start in the right direction...any further thoughts would be much appreciated! Email: cattonparknorwich@outlook.com This has not been endorsed by Catton park trust

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    fiat100

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Having said all that; I don't think dogs should be banned from the Park - irresponsible owners, YES!

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    Bonniella

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • To be honest, I no longer walk my rescued greyhounds there.. So many people just allow their dogs to race around and at other dogs, clearly having little control over their animal. I'm not prepared to allow mine to run loose in any public area because it could easily distress children, the speed at which greyhounds run.. plus a small dog could encourage the greyhounds who, in their past sad lives, have been trained to chase small furry animals.. The final straw was when I was walking one of my hounds and some, what can only be described as selfish people, just allowed their dogs to run round my poor hound who was clearly frightened, slipped her collar and made off... Luckily I caught up with her before she managed to escape on to the road. That was enough to make me stop walking my dogs there. All dogs should be under the control of their owners and definitely on a lead - extending ones, if necessary.. Then owners can ensure that any mess is picked up and that everyone and their dogs can have a good time in the park.. Those that allow their dogs to run free, irrespective, are selfish and are too lazy to walk their dogs on leads! We hear so much about dogs causing all sorts of problems but, actually, it is not the fault of the dog... It is the fault of the human in charge of the dog!

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    Bonniella

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Could we not have a child free zone instead??

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    frank young

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • This is a subject that will run and run and even ifwhen the extended dog free zone is complete I am sure there will be a minority who will find something else to complain about. I do feel the trust need to grow a pair and state that the dog free zone is there to be used should you not like the the dogs. Also Monitor the usage incase the issue arises again...compared to dog walkers who are there 365 days of the year whatever the weather. If its a park to play on equipment you are after then look on the rec opposite which is Dog free with a wooded section.

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    blonde

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • By the way I volunteer for a group that looks after two parks, one allows dogs and the other does not and is clearly signed but is not respected. The majority of dog walkers are fine but many seem to deliberately annoy and intimidate other park users including other dog owners. People have stopped using the parks because they are not a pleasant place to go to any more.

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    JohnnyH

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Alpha01ka - It does not matter whether you are made of money. You seem to be asking for the public to provide free dog exercise areas, all other sections of society have to pay to use council facilities. My suggestion was maybe to see a dog license reintroduced with money ringfenced to pay for dog facilities and clearing up after them. At present it seems some dog owners do not want to take any responsibility or control of them. Of course the vast majority do.

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    JohnnyH

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • that comment was for JohnnyH

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    alpha01ka

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • do you think we are all made of money?????????????

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    alpha01ka

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • This will run and run as even if dog free extended there will be someone wanting more.. I feel the trust should man up and state it is what is.There are dog free parks in Catton so use them and we will hopefully extend the dog free area but use it or lose it.... !!!

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    blonde

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • The results of this survey were I felt vague, with only the figures against dogs shared. When asked the pro dogs results these were conveniently not to hand. I have used this park for 10 years with my dogs and children. Catton Park is a nature Park, It changes with the seasons, has protected wild flowers so the grass cannot be cut until mid summer so the only place to play games is the dog free zone it is not a park for swings etc. This type of park is opposite and dogs are not allowed. The dog free section at Catton Park is hopefully going to be extended but that is if the Trust can afford to do so. Yet the said trust can spend £18k on a consultancy. 99% of the room had not been contacted by letter or leaflet. They had simply left leaflets in Doctors surgeries. Does this sound a fair survey or a productive way to contact the local area. It is the minority that spoil it for he majority again. In our local area we now only have Catton Park where dogs are allowed to run as Lavare Park has now been purchased by Old Catton Football Club and they are now in the process of fencing the field off. Leaving a small walkway around the perimeter that is not to be maintained by anyone.. From what I witnessed at the meeting dog owners were sympathetic to the non dog owners comments but this was not the case if a dog owner put an argument. It seems to be simply a dogs on leads or ban.. Sorry but when do you non dog owners use the dog free zone. I would like this to be surveyed. I bet the same people moaning visit Eaton, Earlham park and Mousehold where dogs run free. This will run and run as even if dog free extended there will be someone wanting more.. I feel the trust should man up and state it is what is.There are dog free parks in Catton so use them and we will hopefully extend the dog free area but use it or lose it.... !!!

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    blonde

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • I saw 2 people in the dog-free area yesterday - this sticks in my mind because except for the occasional day when people dress up in funny clothes and wave bows and arrows about I've yet to see anyone there. So I'm somewhat confused as to why that area should be enlarged. As ever I think that what we're talking about is the flaming selfish minority (whether that be about uncontrolled dogs, people using it as a beer garden, litter being dropped...) spoiling it for the responsible majority. I think the dog owners info page on their site is good because it does define what 'being under control' means.

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    Elizabeth Smith

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Vale Hernandez It might be a good idea for you to learn to spell. Do you actually have any idea what Catton Park is all about? There are plenty of dog free parks available if you don't like dogs.

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    Christine Darrington

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • orl dogs shud be band simpol as

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    Vale Hernandez

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • The council say they can't afford extra fencing for the dog free area, why don't they ask some fencing contractors if they would erect a fence in return for publicity and use of the fence for advertising? If they need help to clean the park may I suggest asking for community service people to do it. Why not set aside an area for dog activities? Training, education, advice, agility, shows. This area could be rented out to somebody who would be interested in doing it all as one business, or rented out to individual groups for each activity.

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    Christine Darrington

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I have not witnessed dogs in Catton Park chasing wildlife, apart from squirrels, they escape up a tree in seconds. I have not seen a single sheep, deer or indeed any four legged mammal being chased by a dog. To date I haven't even seen a rabbit. I have often seen fox poop which is horribly messy and very tempting for dogs to roll in. How many piles of fox poop are mistaken for dog poop? Catton Park has dedicated dog owners who use it every day, often three times, they go in all weathers all the year round. It is not fair to draw comparisons with dog owners who go to nature reserves. They are likely to be visitorstourists not locals.

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    Christine Darrington

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • In response to michaelfane. Could I point out that rabbits have returned to Catton park after 20 years absence, apparently they used to flourish in the area until the war when the land was turned over to agriculture. Then after the war the surrounding was developed for housing. It's only in the last year that a few have be.en spotted back in the park. They must like the exercise. Preferring dogs to human beings who just destroy their habitat. The source of my information ? Catton Park.

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    Trevor Lincoln

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • G_of_Norwich I don't see it

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    Trevor Lincoln

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • mr mayhem I love you. You speak for the majority of saine people. Well done ol chap

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    Trevor Lincoln

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I have only ever seen one example of someone who is genuinely scared of dogs. She turned very pale and almost passed out. The rest I would suggest should man up and get over it , they don't know how lucky they are.

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    Trevor Lincoln

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Trevor Lincoln

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I am wondering when the people wanting restrictions on dogs actually use the park. I have been walking my dog in the park since it opened. I would say that during the summer months I visit everyday and, due to light restrictions, possibly four or five times a week. I visit at various times and usually see the same old faces walking their dogs. I would say nine out of 10 park users are dog owners. This is enforced by the fact that the 'dog free' area is seldom used. The only time I see people in this area is if they are attending an event at Hayman Lodge. I can appreciate walkers wanting wanting to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the park but where are these people? Are we taking the views of people who may, perhaps, decide on a stroll in the park on a sunny Sunday afternoon? Children certainly don't want to play in the park as they have a perfectly well equipped playground on the opposite side of the road. I think the 'Friends' may be better advised to tackle the problem of drunks approaching people for cigarettes than the majority of park users.

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    Mandeep

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I think there needs to be some perspective put onto this debate. We are not talking about wildlife reserves or anything of that nature...we are taking about Catton Park- a rather lovely area of parkland. Over the years hundreds of dog walkers have migrated to this area because of many things- the open field, the space available that allows them to properly exercise their dogs but a large amount go there as dogs are already banned from a large amount of public open spaces. This is fair enough as their are people in society who do not wish to be with dogs and I assume that these people go to the dog free parks. So dog walkers already have less areas to go to than those without dogs. (personally I despise skateboards so I do not go to the Skatepark!!!) The survey that was mentioned did not ask those people who do not attend the Catton Park because of dogs, if they go elsewhere or just sit and home and sulk- I suggest they must go elsewhere as there are lots of parks in the area. There is already a quite large Picnic area on the site where people can go who do not wish to be with dogs. Truthfully, you can go to the park for days without seeing anyone in that area. My experience of the park is one of a calmness and friendship. If the Catton Park trust really wish to make this park self sufficient then the dog walkers are the people they need to target, not alienate! There is already a huge audience of dog walkers at the park and they showed their willingness at the meeting to contribute to the upkeep etc. The people I have spoken to so far that attended the meeting (I did) have left feeling that nothing was achieved. There was no agenda and it appears to have been held to let people "sound off". I for one would like to be at the next sitting of the Trustees of cation Park to see how yesterdays meeting informs that agenda. Just out of interest, I (and my wife) walk the park 3 times a day and I think it is a sad fact that I do not recall seeing either of the gentlemen, who chaired the meeting, attending the park.

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    Nook Storm

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • It is perhaps worth mentioning that dogs are more aggressive when restrained on a lead. They are unable to retreat in the face of a perceived threat and therefore frequently display aggressive behaviour. Dogs that are running free will generally quickly sort out a pecking order amongst themselves and then interact without any aggression. Dogs are experts at reading human body language and expressions. They do seem to be attracted to people displaying negative reactions towards them. Dogs have been bred for thousands of years to expect a positive response from humans and they seem to have difficulty understanding rejection. Some people don't like dogs, but it is possible to learn body language techniques that don't attract unwanted attention from dogs or sends them away after a cursory inspection and sniff. Act confidently around dogs, even if you are afraid of them. Don't shy away and don't kick out or be overly aggressive to the dog. A firm "shoo" or "away" may be all that is needed to get a dog to leave you alone.

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    Mike K

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • As a resident of Old Catton and regular user of Catton Park, perhaps someone could explain the number and spread of those who have commented for the consultants survey? I had no prior knowledge of this until reading a notice in the park today and subsequently this article. Regarding use of the park, it is almost always empty other than those walking their dogs, I disagree that it will attract further users if dogs are excluded, or that the few dogs that are there at any given time are out of control. Perhaps the Parish Council and trustees should concentrate efforts on making the entrances and exits of the park better lit and safer - the latest incident regarding a young girl near the park seems to evidence that this is a greater need not a fence to cordon off Dogs.

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    MsP

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I see another well informed comment from Blister, well done, so do people who have dogs carry pockets full of bags for the fun of it?.

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    mr mayhem

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • There are already Dog Free Area's in popular parks and that is the playing area,Bowling Green's,Pitch and Putt course's etc....If people want advice they should think more about keeping their Dogs on leads and cleaning up after their dogs. Its NOT the dogs that are at fault its the owners.

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    sibs Wesley

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Mike K, you make some very good points and provide a cogent argument for the continued use of the park by dog walkers. You could have written the article above and I mean no sarcasm but would take issue with you on your language in the final sentence. You mention 'dog lovers and haters' - I don't see any comments in this thread that suggest people are dog haters, it is the irresponsible attitude of some, and I mean some, dog owners that is the issue. These people seem to lack empathy and fail to understand that a surprising number of people enjoy a walk in such a place and find dogs running free and not being properly controlled intimidating. As I suggested in my earlier comment which, I confess, strayed from the question of Catton Park, it has become almost impossible to walk anywhere in the county without encountering dogs running without being controlled and bob tob makes a very good point when he says "Many dog owners simply cannot understand that most people do not want a large potentially aggressive dog running up to them."

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    Thoreauwasright

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • 50% want no action and 50% want action of some kind so you can see the problem for the trustees. Dog ownership has trebled in the last 25 years leading to these kind of problems especially as people seem to buy them as an icebreaker with other people rather than as an animal to care for. The taxpayer should not contribute to the provision of facilities for dogs. If dog owners wish for their animals to meet other dogs then they should buy a separate piece of land and not use public land. 25 years ago this would not have been a problem, it is now as you can see from the responses on either side

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    JohnnyH

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • If people on horseback are rightly fined for killing a fox then dog owners should be fined when their dogs kill other wildlife, something that happens all the time, even swans were killed last year at Hickling by uncontrolled dogs, and there are numerous examples of dog owners finding it amusing when their dogs run through restricted nature reserves.

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    Ryan Bure

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • There should be more controls on dogs and their owners, I do not like to see uncontrolled dogs being aggressive to guide dogs or wildlife, there have been many reports of dogs being aggressive to both children and other smaller pets and wildlife, maybe a ban on dogs in public spaces might be the answer.

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    Ryan Bure

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I walk my dog on the field all the time and would be a utter shame if they did make it a dog free zone. They love running around and playing with other dogs. Its also a great way to get to know other people as well. I agree with the idea of not extending the dog free zone as someone has said before that hardly anyone uses it and never sorted out.

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    alpha01ka

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Many dog owners simply cannot understand that most people do not want a large potentially aggressive dog running up to them, nor do non dog owners like to see so many dogs running through parks and nature reserves chasing ground nesting birds and other wildlife or livestock

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    bob tob

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • This park was conceived as a nature park allowing people to walk in more natural surrounds than more formally managed public areas. Catton Park is virtually unique in the way it caters to the needs of dogs by providing a mixed enviornment where dogs can behave and interact naturally which each other and the enviornment. While it is true that some dogs chase grey squirrels in the woods, they are seldom caught. Grey squirrels are destructive pests where they exist in great numbers and do not have any protection undr the law. There can be problems with dog faeces left near footpaths, but other animals such as foxes also defecate in the park and it can be difficult to distinguish between their droppings and those of dogs. The majority of faeces will be absorbed into the soil or disposed of by insects and other wildlife within a few days during warmer months of the year and do not represent a great hazard to health provided normal hygiene precautions are observed during and after using the park. The public meeting was overwhelmingly attended by dog owners who made it quite clear that they wished for the status quo to be maintained. It was generally accepted that the dog free zone could be extended to enclose one of the park gates without inconveniencing dog walkers. A claim was made that there was no money to finance the extra fencing to extend the dog free zone. The park is full of trees and fallen branches that could be repurposed to provide the necessary fencing. Perhaps students from an agricultural college could work with these materials to build the required fencing, gaining experience in repurposing and recycling these natural materials. Finally it was pointed out at the meeting that the park is virtually self policing due to dog walkers using the park at all hours of the day and night. The park is safer and suffers less criminal damage than more formally managed parks since there are always people walking about. The park supports a wide variety of wildlife including four species of bats and is a valuable resouce to the community. It is the presence of dog walkers and dogs running free that give the park its unique character and make it a safer place for all park users, dog lovers and haters alike.

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    Mike K

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • In the survey ran by the consultants "Enlarged dog-free area" was rated by 76 respondents as "very Important" and 43 as "important", putting aside the 23 "na"s there were 86 who rated it "not important". Which indicates there is a interest in having a bigger area free from dogs.

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    G_of_Norwich

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • As I have said before, if dog free area are a good idea, then why is their virtually never anyone in the current dog free area? It's absolutely nonsensical to want a bigger area that no one uses. It would seem to me that these rules come from dog less people who rarely use the park and just like sitting on committees.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • It is dissapointing how this story has been written, the trust had commissioned a survey to do with funding the park and making it self-sustainable (as the park is private and does not receive money from the council). The report published highlighted that some users of the park feel that dogs off their leads made them and their family uneasy to be there. The trust is trying to come to some comprimise that insures dog owners can still use the park as they always have and that non-dog owners can use the park together. The point is the trust needs to bring more people to the park, as it will in the long term bring more funding and awareness of the facility. The warden at the park is not funded by the council, he is funded by grant and other funds the park receives.

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    fiat100

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Does seem very wrong that dog owners actually enjoy watching their dogs chasing endangered wildlife in our parks and open spaces there must be more controls on where dogs can go so that our rare birds and animals can live in peace

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    michaelfane

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • marty r, there is a full-time warden already, it's just the fact that he doesn't fulfil the role and is never there.

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    Vic Sponge

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • It does seem dreadful that dog owners actually enjoy watching their dogs chase wildlife on bird and nature reserves, I have seen dogs chase sheep etc at both Felbrigg and Blickling despite notices asking for dogs to be on leads. There must be stricter controls on where dogs can go.

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    bob tob

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Wardens....really? Hands up who wants to pay extra council tax to fund this.... No, didn't think so!

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    marty r

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • The most sensible solution is to have a proper Warden who could also police all of the other anti-social behaviour that parks seem to be prone to. I adore dogs but don't have one myself - I love to see dogs playing and having fun and I'd hate to see dogs banned, but would like to see a Warden dealing with the few numpties that give all dog owners a bad name.

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    Fluffy Cat

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • The presence of a proper warden that actually fulfilled the role of 'A Warden' and there wouldn't have been a meeting.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • FACT: When specific events are held at Catton Park, ie Park Run on Saturdays at 9am, dog walkers either walk their dogs beforeafter the run or stick to the notice to keep dogs on leads.

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    sprowstongal

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • FACT: Having a constant presence of dog walkers in Catton Park reduces the instances of anti-social behaviour, ie graffiti, abandoned needles, intimidating groups hanging about.

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    sprowstongal

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Ban irresponsible dog owners from ALL parks - disgusting and aggressive. It's them, and (mostly) not the dogs.

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    Anglianjacky

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • FACT: The PC that attended the public meeting last night stated that there have been no reported incidents in Catton Park whatsoever during the last 3 years. FACT: the last reported incident was on Wednesday 15 June 2011.

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    sprowstongal

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • FACT: All were invited to contribute to the Catton Park survey and to quote the document 'Outcomes of Catton Park on- line survey JanuaryFebruary 2014' - total number of respondents that didn't visit the park because "there are too many dogs" was just 8 out of 246 = 3%

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    sprowstongal

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Yes, I too have seen dog owners let their dogs off their lead at nature reserves and let them chase ground nesting birds and water fowl, they even seem to enjoy watching it which must be crime under the protection of wildlife act, also seen dogs chase sheep and other farm animals.

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    Ryan Bure

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • There is certainly a problem with aggressive out of control dogs being let loose in our parks and open spaces, every day there are more and more dog attacks on children and other animals including sheep and deer, only a complete ban on dogs in parks such as Catton will make them safe for people to use

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    michaelfane

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I agree that the majority of dog owners would ignore any restrictions. Not all, but certainly most, dog owners make the arrogant assumption that everyone else should love their pet as much as they do. It is not pleasant to visit many of the wonderful nature reserves and sites of special scientific interest that Norfolk has to offer and finding that they have been used as a dog toilet with heaps of decaying faeces all over the place. Signs asking that dogs be kept on a lead to protect ground nesting birds are ignored and the last thing anyone who visits these places wants, especially anyone suffering anxiety, is to have an uncontrolled, barking dog charging towards them.

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    Thoreauwasright

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • 50pc of those surveyed said they should leave the zone alone and there is nothing wrong with it but only 20% want dogs banned It's typical to see any form of 'democracy' likely to be ignored. I guess the dogs doubtless also leave crisp packets, cans, plastic water bottles, cigarette butts (the Beagle, possibly) etc.....

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    F G HOB

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I'm afraid the park is very poorly managed and I have to agree with Vic about the warden, just what is his role?????

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Dogs should always be on a lead , and muzzled , whenever outside the house .

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    dragonfly

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • If the park had a proper people friendly warden, who was occasionally on the park, there would never have been problem in the first place. Why make another dog free area? When the no one uses the current one. Just where are these people coming from?

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    Vic Sponge

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • There are meant to be restrictions at Blickling Park with signs telling dog walkers to keep their dogs on a lead but it hasn't stopped dogs from killing sheep, deer and small dogs

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    blister

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Dog owners would ignore any restrictions as it is a useful public toilet for them to leave their dog mess for children to play in

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    blister

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • I would like to see them attempt to enforce it.

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    mr mayhem

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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