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Stansted Parish Council calls for consistency from Uttlesford on signs for dog owners

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Dog owners need to know exactly where their pets should be kept on leads, with signs put up at all recreational areas in the village.

That was the view of parish councillors who want Uttlesford District Council to be consistent in its approach to signage and enforcing its own bylaws.

New signs have recently gone up at Mountfitchet Green, but parish clerk Ruth Clifford said the Recreation Ground, Memorial Gardens, Bentfield Green and Windmill Fields were all subject to the same dog control orders put in place by Uttlesford in 2008.

"My view is that Uttlesford needs to be consistent and to put up signs in all these areas," she told a meeting of the parish council's open spaces committee.

"Some of the signs have been missing so long that people are not aware of the orders and so Uttlesford needs to replace the signs in order to enforce its own laws."

Members agreed to pursue UDC to ensure signs were erected in all areas, including zones where dogs are banned, such as play areas.

Cllr Fran Richards, herself a dog owner, believed they also had a duty to provide areas where pets could be let off the lead.

"I know that Dunmow has a dog field where you can let your dog off the lead. Perhaps this is an opportunity, if we need to provide such an area, to consider Elms Farm," she said.

"We will have seven acres of open space so this might be an area where dogs can run free. This is something the working group could look at."

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