Harleston Town Council under fire over dog area at Recreation Ground

Harleston, Norfolk. Harleston Recreation ground which is due to have CCTV installed around it. ANL-141119-161212001
Harleston, Norfolk. Harleston Recreation ground which is due to have CCTV installed around it. ANL-141119-161212001

Harleston Town Council has received heavy criticism after more residents voiced their disdain for a dedicated dog-walking area approved earlier this month for the town’s main public green.

The Diss Express reported last week the council’s decision to green light the £3,000 funding for a fenced-off dog zone at the Recreation Ground, which is utilised by sports groups as well as the general public.

Town clerk Margot Harbour said it had been a “difficult” but “carefully considered” decision, based on what the council felt would be the least intrusive to residents of the nearby Wilderness Lane.

However, following a meeting of the full council last Wednesday, a group of residents who opposed the plans said they felt their concerns and queries had not been answered satisfactorily, and claimed they had not been adequately consulted and informed prior to the decision being made.

Frances Bickley, who lives nearby to the ground, said: “The recreation committee seem determined to forge ahead regardless of our opposition

“Who would want a dog exercise area in front of their properties for use 24/7? It is not only going to be unsightly but it will also produce unwanted barking from excited dogs at all hours of the day.

“What will this do to the value of our properties? Who would want to buy a house opposite a dog compound? Why is no one prepared to listen to us?”