It’s a public space

07:00 26 January 2013

It has been suggested that the grassed area adjacent to the Matthews Hall in Topsham should be come a dog-free zone.

I cannot think of any logical reason for this.

It is not a designated play area, nor is there any play equipment thereon.

There are three play areas in the vicinity if people feel strongly about their children being in close proximity to dogs.

I regard this area in the middle of the town to be a relaxing place to sit for individuals and families with their dogs, where they can also enjoy food and drink if they so choose.

The annual dog show was held there with responsible people attending, including the mayor and a dog warden.

I did not witness any problems at this well-attended event, which was enjoyed by many locals and visitors.

As for the suggestion that dogs should be tethered outside the park, apart from their owners, this seems to be a totally irresponsible idea.

I do hope this proposal will be laid to rest.

It is, after all, a PUBLIC amenity.

J Smith

Topsham

0 comments

Other News Stories

Exmouth's county  election map?

Exmouth’s influence on county bosses could be blunted under plans to redraw the electoral map.

Read more
09:00
Budleigh Salterton beach.

Budleigh Salterton beach is still at risk of failing new water quality tests, the Environment Agency has warned.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00
Anna Reffell and Lee Atkinson, who are getting married on a cycle from John O'Groats to Lands End.

An Exmouth couple are preparing to tie the knot on a two-wheeled adventure - when they get married during a charity cycle ride.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00
Dan Lavery of the Devon Freewheelers. Ref exe 1231-13-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Dan Lavery is determined Devon Freewheelers will help save lives – as a Belfast ‘hidden hero’ undoubtedly helped saved wife Shelley’s life in 2005.

Read more
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Image of the proposed new building at St Peter's Primary School.

A major expansion is beginning at St Peter’s Primary School this week - as builders move in to begin work on new classrooms.

Read more
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Sam Bader

Dad-of-one Sam Bader, 28, who grew up in Ottery St Mary, supports Devon Freewheelers by sponsoring one of the motorbikes, Bravo One.

Read more
Friday, May 22, 2015
EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7705-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

Independent councillors call for extraordinary meeting to debate the office relocation

Read more
Friday, May 22, 2015
Hospiscare's mascot Ella the Owl visits the Archant Exeter office to thank the company for supporting the charity's Twilight Walk fundraising walk at Exmouth in July. Photo: Paul Strange.

Ella the Owl visited the Journal offices on Friday as she gears up for the Twilight Walk on Saturday, July 11.

Read more
Friday, May 22, 2015
Fran Rose with her daughter Lucy in her previous electric wheelchair

A housebound Topsham woman, whose electric wheelchair broke down, is looking for a replacement to allow her to get out and about again.

Read more
Friday, May 22, 2015

The new co-ordinators of the Budleigh Salterton Voluntary Car Service are making an appeal for more drivers to come forward.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life
Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder