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Harrow Council approves dog lead restrictions at specific areas in Bentley Priory

Harrow Council has approved new restrictions for dog owners in Bentley Priory. The decision was made at a cabinet meeting last night (Tuesday), following extensive consultations.

Three specific areas within Bentley Priory nature reserve in Stanmore will now require dogs to be on leads with changes coming into effect from 1 August 2024.

The new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) aims to address an increase in reports of antisocial behaviour related to dogs not being under control with the hope that restrictions will also help protect local wildlife.

The decision last night followed a second consultation after initial concerns that the PSPO was not widely known. Over 2,000 people responded, with more than 60% supporting the targeted restrictions.

The majority of respondents, two-thirds of whom were dog owners, preferred having dogs on leads in specific areas rather than throughout the entire reserve.

Harrow Council approves dog lead restrictions at specific areas in Bentley Priory Harrow Online
Bentley Priory

The new rules are as follows:

  • Dogs must always be on leads in the Deer Path Corridor.
  • Dogs are prohibited from entering or remaining in any of the ponds or watercourses in designated areas.
  • Dogs must be on leads in Spring Meadow from 1 April to 31 July each year.

To ensure compliance, officers from Harrow’s new environmental enforcement team, provided by APCOA, will educate park users about the new rules during the summer. Starting 1 August, those who ignore the restrictions will face a £100 fixed penalty notice.

Signage will be installed in the park to indicate the restricted areas. Dogs will still be allowed to roam off-lead in other parts of Bentley Priory.

Harrow Council approves dog lead restrictions at specific areas in Bentley Priory Harrow Online

Cllr Pritesh Patel, the new Cabinet Member for Cleaner Streets & Public Safety, said: “The safety of our residents and wildlife is a top priority for us. We want to make sure our parks and open spaces are enjoyed by everyone.

“Residents have told us that they had concerns regarding the behaviour of some loose dogs around people and animals at Bentley Priory.

“Following our thorough consultation earlier this year, I am confident that this PSPO will assist us in addressing issues of nuisance behaviour in this area, which is designated an area of special scientific interest and nature reserve, and a popular local beauty spot enjoyed by so many of us.”

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