Ramsey Dog Byelaws Update
Town Commissioners recently carried out a consultation on the Ramsey
Dog Byelaws to establish views from members of the public as to the need
to change any of the existing byelaws which expire on 31st March 2017.
The consultation, which received a total of 461 responses, was
discussed at their February 2017 Public Board Meeting.
A number of specific issues were discussed:
In respect of the direct question, as to whether dogs on a lead should
be permitted on the main drive and paths around the lake, the
consultation found that 254 (55.1%) were in favour of this, 201 (43.6%)
against with 6 (1.3%) unsure.
The Commissioners discussed this
at length but resolved that the current bye law, which prohibits any
dogs from being brought into the Mooragh Park should be retained. The
main concern highlighted by the survey response for the commissioners
was the large number of children who use the park’s facilities and who
could be affected by the actions of a small minority of irresponsible
North Mooragh Estate
A significant number
of those who completed the consultation had asked that consideration be
given to extending the area around the Rugby Pitch where dogs are
currently prohibited from.
The Commission resolved to prohibit
dogs from the area of the Rugby Pitch and its surrounds being the
grassed area to the south of the Mooragh Estate Access Road to a point
approximately 200 metres south thereof
The BMX Track and Skate Park will remain as prohibited areas.
Other areas of the North Mooragh Estate remain areas where areas where
dogs must not be at large and where faeces must be removed.
Open Spaces deliniated in red on the attached image illustrate where
dogs will be prohibited once the new Byelaws are introduced. Open
Spaces delinated in Blue indicate where dogs must not be at large and
where faeces must be removed.
Following discussion and review of the surveys comments it was resolved that the other byelaws should remain unchanged.
The Commission will undertake to publicise the revised byelaws once
they are approved, provide additional signage to remind dog owners of
their obligations and work with the Town Warden to provide a robust
level of enforcement.
The Commission will now work with the
Department of Infrastructure to draft a revised set of byelaws which be
subject to Tynwald approval. Juan McGuinness, Lead Member for Finance
and General Purposes, said:
“The level of response to the
consultation was absolutely fantastic, We’d like to thank everyone who
responded as the wide variety of comments and observations in the survey
were invaluable to our discussions and decision making process and
certainly gave all on the commission pause for thought before voting on
Maintaining clean and safe recreational
facilities for as many members of the community as possible was at the
forefront of our decisions and whilst we appreciate the majority of dog
owners are responsible and pick up, the risks associated with the
actions of the minority lead us to our decision. We hope that, going
forward, our increased signage and enforcement will reduce the number of
irresponsible dog owners for the benefit of everyone."