Dogs must be on leads in specific areas of Bentley Priory

Bentley Priory

Rules around where dogs can roam in Bentley Priory were approved by cabinet last night (Tuesday).

  • Three areas in Bentley Priory nature reserve will see new restrictions for dog owners.
  • More than 60% of people responding to the consultation supported the plans.
  • New protection order comes into force from 1 August 2024.

A second consultation saw two-thirds of respondents want to see dogs on lead in specific areas of the parkland. The changes will tackle an increase in reports of anti- social behaviour related to dogs not under control in the area. They will also have an additional benefit of helping protect the wildlife.

A decision to reconsult on the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) covering Bentley Priory followed concerns from locals that it had not been widely known about.

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.”

More than 2,000 people responded to the consultation. Two-thirds who responded were dog owners. While more than half (55%) supported the original PSPO plans for dogs on leads everywhere in Bentley Priory nature reserve, more people (65%) were in favour of dogs on leads just in three specific areas.

From 1 August:

  • Dogs must always be on leads in Deer Path Corridor.
  • Dogs must not enter or remain in any of the ponds or within watercourses in mapped areas.
  • Dogs must be on leads in Spring Meadow between 1 April and 31 July each year.

Officers from London Borough of Harrow’s new environmental enforcement team, provided by APCOA, will carry out a period of education for park users over the summer months. They will advise park users of the new rules - those ignoring the restrictions will risk a £100 fixed penalty notice from 1 August.

Signage in the park will show the restricted areas. Dogs will still be able to roam off lead in other areas of Bentley Priory.

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Published: 22nd May 2024