CHANGE THE TERMS OF THE PUBLIC SPACE PROTECTION ORDER RELATING TO DOG WALKING IN GENSING GARDENS
We the undersigned petition the council to We, the dog walkers of Gensing Gardens, Council Tax payers and local residents wish to formally request that Hastings Borough Council consider a change of policy regarding the Public Space Protection Order which affects the times we can exercise our dogs off lead in Gensing Gardens.
Currently the PSPO does not allow off-lead dog walking between the hours of 8am and 6pm at any time of year. We are petitioning to change the terms of the PSPO to match those of St Leonards Gardens, which is five minutes down the road and whose times were successfully petitioned in September 2016 to match those of the seafront:
•9am until 5pm between 1st April and 31st October weekdays and weekends
•10am until 4pm between 1st November and 31st March weekends only- dogs allowed off lead all day on weekdays during the winter months
REASONS FOR PETITIONING TIMES:
•Gensing Gardens is a renowned drug-dealing and criminal activity spot- last year we witnessed a mugging and someone breaking into a car on Charles Road as well as regular drug-deals taking place by gangs. We feel that being able to walk our dogs off lead and exercise them properly during daylight hours will lessen the risks and dangers involved in using Gensing Gardens when it is dark.
•There are many elderly and disabled residents who need to walk their dogs in Gensing Gardens for ease of access (please note that not all disabilities are visible). A change of times will enable vulnerable people to exercise their dogs off lead during daylight hours, giving them a sense of security and the opportunity to arrange daily dog-walking meetups with friends, meaning less isolation and loneliness and a generally healthier lifestyle.
•Having an extra hour in the mornings on weekdays in the summer months will lessen the time pressures for those who rush to walk their dogs before they must leave for work- which will significantly reduce stress.
These common sense changes are minor but will greatly improve the quality of life and feeling of safety of many local residents and their dogs. Please consider our proposal.
This ePetition ran from 06/01/2020 to 06/02/2020 and has now finished.
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