Issued: November 3, 2016
Council calls on dog owners to keep their pets off allotments
Dog owners are being urged to keep to the footpath when they walk by the Castle Street allotments in Ongar after tenants voiced concern that some dogs are being allowed to roam over the plots.
Allotment tenants are concerned that dogs are fouling on areas where food is being grown.
Signs asking people to keep their dogs on leads in the area have been vandalised and removed.
Ongar town councillors agreed that the signs will need to be replaced but are concerned that the money being spent on repairing vandalised property is using money which could be spent on other council projects.
Last year the council considered imposing a ban on dog walkers in Ongar Cemetery at Love Lane as walkers were allowing their dogs to foul on the graves which was distressing for visiting relatives.
The town council is now appealing to dog owners to keep their pets under control in all areas and to clean up after them.
Council chairman councillor James Browning said: "Councillors had considered imposing a dog Control Order but felt that co-operation from the public would be the preferred option.
"The council has also proposed setting aside a budget for the next financial year to provide additional dog waste bins in an attempt to provide a convenient way of disposing of dog waste for residents."