The Parish Council has, over the last couple of years, been looking at ways to try to resolve the huge issues we have regarding dog fouling and dogs owners allowing their dogs to run freely on some areas of its land – Gotham Road Recreation Ground in particular and especially in view of the new play equipment having been installed and the possibility of outdoor exercise equipment being installed, subject to funding, on the Gotham Road Recreation Ground. There are safety issues to consider regarding dogs not on a lead and young children whilst sharing the play areas.
With this in mind, the Parish Council, some time ago started to consider whether to go down the route of ‘Dog Control Orders.’ The law in relation to the control of dogs was amended by Section 55 and 56 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 which permits the introduction of Dog Control Orders. The Dog Control Order replaces the previous system of byelaws for the control of dogs and also the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 which has been repealed. The Dog Control Order provides for five offences: failing to remove dog faeces; not keeping a dog on a lead; not putting and keeping a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer; permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded and taking more than a specified number of dogs onto land.
We have met with advisors from Rushcliffe Borough Council to discuss the issues in relation to obtaining a Dog Control Order. Clearly there are several legal ‘hoops’ to be jumped through in order to obtain an Order, for instance the exact nature of what needs to be covered under the Order, its impact on present byelaws, the need to work with the district council, where the Order can be applied, advertising the proposed Order etc.
At the moment we feel that we would prefer to work with Rushcliffe Borough Council to instigate a campaign with various signs and notices displayed rather than go straight to a Dog Control Order. The Zone signs you have seen in the village are also in use at Rushcliffe Country Park so we are trying them here to see what responses we get and their effectiveness. To date, we have been pleasantly surprised at the number of dog walkers who support our attempts at zoning, the reasons why, and the directive to use other areas. We have produced maps clearly showing the areas where dogs can be let off leads – the number of those areas far exceed the number of areas where we are asking for the zone signs to be heeded.
Thank you to all who have taken the time to let us know your thoughts and constructive comments are very much appreciated.
Rest Garden Update
Progress on this project has been frustratingly slow. After the overgrown trees were removed last Autumn, it took some time to arrange to have the stumps ground out. Then we waited for some of the fencing around the old playground to be relocated to the side and back of the Rest Garden.
The remaining tasks for this phase of the work are:
- To dig over the area to the left of the path, where the trees were removed. If any resident would like to help with this, please feel free to do a bit of digging for us! There is a white bag for weeds and roots excavated. This work has to be completed before any of the following can commence.
- To seed the front section as a lawn.
- To plant around 50 colourful shrubs / plants in the remaining area. A specific day will be nominated for people to get involved in the planting.
- To install a shelter / seating area at the back of the Rest Garden.
- To resurface the path.
As you may know, we were successful in being awarded £10,000 for this project by Tesco’s Bags of Life scheme. This should cover the work already done and the costs of the remaining tasks.
Cllr Conrad Oatey
Be aware that CCTV cameras are now monitoring the Gotham Road Recreation Ground including the skate park and the new fenced play area. The police have 24 hour access to the cameras and playback and recording facilities allow for the pictures to be kept over a long period of time. The recording facilities allow for the pictures to be kept over a long period of time. The recording facility is based in the police station so movement is monitored live and as it happens.
East Leake Parish Council has bagged a share of a £11.5million carrier bag charge fund
We are delighted to announce we have bagged £10,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.
Eight million shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed East Leake Parish Council has been awarded £10,000.
The results have been announced and we will now begin work on bringing our project to life.
Ground maintenance refurbishment of the Rest Garden and some landscaping. Erecting a low level fence. Removal of overgrown shrubs which are not viable and replacement with viable shrubs and plants for the area. Maintenance of trees and planting with more colour. Provision of seating and a shelter to encourage people of all ages to site in the garden. We have invited members of the local community, through our newsletter, to join us in this project so local residents will be involved together with members of the Parish Council and local businesses by way of man power. The aim is to open up this land which sits in the centre of our village for a pleasant place to sit or rest whilst visiting the villge.
We are delighted to receive essential funds for the restoration of the Rest Garden in East Leake, this is an important green space right in the centre of the village and the money will enable us to make a real difference to it. Thanks to everyone who voted for our project and also a big thank to Tesco for initiating this scheme.
Caroline Silke, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant.
“We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life.
“Nominations for the next round of the initiative will open in April and we look forward to helping a further round of groups and projects bag their share of the bag charge fund.”
Voting ran in store from 27 February until 6 March – with customers choosing which group they’d like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out in store.
Tesco estimated that around eight million votes were cast in stores across the UK.
Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We have been delighted to have been involved in the Bags of Help project.
“It has been wonderful to follow the projects through the application process to the final announcement.
“This is money which will go directly back into the communities up and down the country creating places to meet people, be active, play or simply relax. This initiative is really putting something back into the local environment, transforming greenspaces and helping the community at a grass-roots level.”
Nominations and applications for the next round of Bags of Help funding will open on April 18. As well as applying direct, suggestions for projects can also be nominated by people living locally.
EAST LEAKE PARISH COUNCIL REST GARDEN AND TESCO BAGS OF HELP INITIATIVE
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.
East Leake Parish Council is pleased and delighted to announce that it is a recipient of Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative and we have secured funding for the refurbishment of the Rest Garden in the village centre. How much funding we get depends on the number of votes cast for our project.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 390 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the five pence charge levied on single use carrier bags. East Leake Parish Council is asking for your vote for its Rest Garden Project.
The public will now vote in store from 27th February until 6 March on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.
Bags of Help Website www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.
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