Backing for council dog ban change

The dogs banned sign on one of the gates into Dean Road Cemetery...Picture by Neil Silk 114132d
The dogs banned sign on one of the gates into Dean Road Cemetery...Picture by Neil Silk 114132d

PLANS to potentially relax a dog ban order in a Scarborough cemetery have received approval from the group committed to maintaining the site.

The Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery have backed Scarborough Council Cabinet members’ proposal to review current legislation on allowing dogs into the cemetery.

The plans include giving dog owners scope to walk their pets in the cemetery providing their animals are on a lead.

Jan Cleary, chairman of the Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery: “The council’s decision will bring the responsible dog owners back into the cemetery.

“The more the cemetery is used by the responsible majority, the greater will be the deterrent for the small minority of people who use the cemetery for anti-social behaviour such as drinking, drug taking, vandalism and allowing dogs to run on graves.

“The Friends group actively supports the prosecution of people who allow their dogs to run off their leads and to foul the cemetery.

“It will continue to liaise with the dog warden service to support the enforcement of the new restrictions when they come in.”

The move has also attracted great interest on the Evening News’ website, with a number of commentators voicing their opinion.

Fiftyfifty said: “Will it make much difference? I see loose dogs and dogs on leads all the time in there. “However, if more people walked through there, it might reduce anti-social behaviour.”