Villagers who regularly exercise their dogs on the King George V playing fields are being asked to stick to the byelaws which require dogs to be kept on leads at all times on any part of the playing fields.

This applies to the cricket field, the children’s play area, and the grass area between the two.

Signs make it clear that dogs must be on a lead at all times

The KGV Trustees point out that there are several signs (pictured right) on the entrances to the grounds telling owners that dogs must be kept on leads and to clean up after their dogs.

“The problem of people walking dogs on the fields but off leads has been around for some time but has been getting worse, possibly exacerbated by the pandemic,” said a representative of the Trustees. 

The Trustees point out that the KGV fields were left in trust for the playing of sport and recreation and the byelaws specifically prohibit the taking of any dog onto any part of the fields unless kept on a chain.

The cricket club, which maintains the cricket ground, has asked the Trustees to take further action if matters do not improve.