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To: Waltham Forest Councillors and Leyton MPs
Leyton Parks Need Dedicated Dog Areas!
We ask Waltham Forest Councillors and local MPs to take this matter into consideration and include a large enough area dedicated for dogs to exercise at Abbotts Park. This park is strategically positioned next to High Rd Leyton, making it particularly democratic and accessible for all residents.
Creating dedicated areas for dogs in local parks will massively improve the daily lives of thousands of people and their pets living in Leyton.
This is also a chance to make local parks better: more democratic and accessible to all residents.
Why is this important?
Leyton is a growing neighbourhood with a large dog population. Since the pandemic, there's been a spike in pets ownership (3.2M according to BBC) in the UK, and it was no different in Leyton.
However, one of the key issues of the area is the complete absence of parks where dogs are allowed to get in or freely exercise. Owners are faced with a false choice between getting £80 fines or not walking their dogs in parks at all.
One park specifically, Abbotts Park, has spontaneously become a destination for dozens of pet owners to exercise their dogs. Everyday, dozens of dogs and members of the community meet every morning for a healthy and much needed socialisation.
As this map shows (https://thelondog.com/discovering-london-dog-exercise-areas/), there is no local park with dog dedicated areas in Leyton, and all the few existing local parks even prohibit their entrance. There's virtually no legal space to walk or freely exercise the thousands of dogs that live in the neighbourhood.
With little to no choice, residents often risk and are subjected to fines for using local parks for their daily walks with their pets. This issue tends to massively increase seeing the numerous new developments Waltham Forest approved to be built in the neighbourhood.
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How it will be delivered
By local residents to Waltham Forest Councillors and MPs in the Leyton area