Clarification of continued 'No Dogs' status

on 30 May 2013.

Following the recent removal of the ‘No Dogs’ signs and the apparent re-introduction of dogs to Montgomery Street Park we have been in discussion with the Council to establish definitively the position of the park in terms of its designation with regards dogs. 

James Hunter, City of Edinburgh Council’s Environment Manager for the City Centre and Leith Neighbourhood has now advised us as follows:

"I have sought advice from our Legal team in relation to the ‘dog-free’ status at Montgomery Street Park.  I confirm that in 1999 the City of Edinburgh Council made a decision to exclude dogs from the whole of Montgomery Street Park by designating the entire area as a playground.  I am advised that the decision of the Recreation Committee to exclude dogs from the park has not been overturned or invalidated by the introduction of the new park management rules and that any revocation of, or change to, this decision would need to be made by the Council or one of its committees.

This means that the original decision to exclude dogs from the park remains in place and it is therefore advisable that signage recently removed from the park indicating that dogs are excluded will need to be re-instated.

The local Parks team had interpreted that responsible access with dogs would be permitted, except within the fenced off play area where dogs would not be permitted.  I regret that our actions failed to recognise a previous Council decision to exclude dogs from the whole of Montgomery Street Park.  We are sorry for any confusion caused on this issue."

Mr Hunter kindly attended our AGM on Wednesday evening and has undertaken to promptly introduce a notice into the park clarifying this position and providing a little background to the issue.  He has also undertaken to work with FoMSP to quickly decide the type and location of the permanent signage which will be reintroduced.  Beyond that, it was acknowledged some additional support from Council employees would be necessary in order to communicate the position to park users in the coming weeks to try to counteract the confusion which has arisen.

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