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Posted: Mon 25th Apr 2022
Plans have been submitted to create a “safe and secure” dog walking field in Wrexham to help people train their pets.
The proposals seek permission to change the use of agricultural land at Rhos Berse in Coedpoeth to provide a private place for people to walk their dogs off the lead.
The facility would cover an area of approximately four aces, including two secure paddocks and a small parking area.
According to planning documents lodged with Wrexham Council, the scheme has been put forward in response to local demand on social media.
Agents acting on behalf of the applicant, Ms J Hughes, said the plans had also been drawn up as a result of public places for dog walkers becoming overcrowded during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a planning statement, they said: “The number of dog owners are increasing every year and one of the most important parts of owning a dog is to ensure they have regular walks and get the exercise they require to stay healthy.
“Off leash walking has proven benefits to a dogs mental and physical health, there are very few secure locations available where dog owners can allow their dogs to run without being on a lead.
“The proposal will provide a secure environment where owners can train their dogs, thus ensuring a better and healthier life for the dogs.
“There are several dogs and owners that suffer with anxiety when out in public places due to dogs having behavior issues and poor training.
“These problems have worsened during the pandemic, and there is an increasing number of inexperienced dog owners resulting in parks and open spaces becoming crowded with disobedient dogs that were purchased during lockdown and didn’t have access to training classes.”
All dog walking sessions are to be pre-booked for up to 55 minute slots, meaning owners will not be able to turn up speculatively.
The site will have a small parking area for visitors and will use an existing access point.
The agents added the proposals would also help to reduce dog thefts, which are reported to have increased significantly in recent years.
They said: “Dog theft has dramatically soared during the pandemic, as the nation’s lockdowns resulted in a growing demand for puppies.
“Between March and August 2020, The Kennel Club saw a 161% rise in puppy searches via its website, compared with the same period in 2019 and the price for sought after breeds has sky-rocketed.
“The proposal will be secure paddocks with CCTV where the owners can always see their dog, there will also be a booking system and unauthorized visitors will not be allowed on site.”
The agents said there would be a “strict policy” to ensure walkers pick up after their pets.
Dog waste bins will be provided at the site and emptied on a regular basis.
Comments are currently being invited on the application via the council’s website, with a decision expected at a later date.
By Liam Randall – BBC Local Democracy Reporter
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