Papakura Courier : September 2nd 2015
Go easy on your gut P15 TryNadia’s crispy salmon P16 Papakura Courier Wednesday, September 2, 2015 ‘‘We don’twant to drive to a dog exercise areawhen there’s a paddock right next door.’’ – Jill Ovens YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Len Richards and Jill Ovens would like a council bylaw changed to allowthem towalk their schnauzers, Rosa and Clara, in certain areas of Bruce Pulman Park. PHOTO: NIGEL MOFFIET what’s selling? $615,000 38 Jupiter St, Papakura Three-bedroom 1960s bungalow on a 969 sqmcorner site with potential to add real value. Sold by HarcourtsPapakura Newdog ban signs up NIGEL MOFFIET firstname.lastname@example.org A crackdown on dog bans at a community park is ‘‘nutty’’ and over-the-top, angry residents say. Jill Ovens and her partner Len Richards live in Addison next to Bruce Pulman Park and say they were surprised to see several new signs go up prohibiting dogs in the area. They have been walking their two schnauzers, Rosa and Clara, on a stretch of paddock which they say has never been used since they moved to the neighbourhood in 2011. ‘‘We’ve been running the dogs around the paddock for years and didn’t realise it was prohibited until the signs went up. ‘‘Certainly there were no signs on this paddock. We understood we could walk our dogs over there,’’ Richards says. Ovens says the park ‘‘was one of the big attractions’’ that drew her to the area. ‘‘People don’t walk their dogs on the sports fields. There is a paddock besides Kuaka Drive and that paddock is unsuitable for sports ... it’s full of stones. ‘‘They’re not even letting people walk their dogs on the footpaths and even the road that goes through the park,’’ she says. Auckland Council animal management head Geoff Keber says his staff can enforce the bans under the bylaw which was put in place by the former Papakura District Council. The park is owned by Auckland Council and has been leased to the Bruce Pulman Park Trust since 2001. ‘‘Bruce Pulman Park is named in its entirety as not being available for dogs,’’ Keber says. A bylaw enforcement notice can be issued but usually ‘‘a warning is given first’’. Keber says the new signs went up after the council ‘‘received a number of complaints’’ and ‘‘existing signage was not adequate’’. Bruce Pulman Park manager Murray Wood says he was ‘‘bound’’ to put the signs up under the bylaw. He says he ‘‘loves dogs’’ but the rules need to be enforced, not just because of animals leaving a mess but because of larger dogs ‘‘frightening children and adults’’. ‘‘There’s been a huge increase in the number of dogs and it’s usually the minority who cause the problems.’’ Another option for dog owners would be nearby McLennan Park where there are no bylaws in place. But Ovens is asking for some leniency. ‘‘We don’t want to drive to a dog exercise area when there’s a paddock right next door.’’ Here is my Inspiration From Preschool to Primary and on to College, many of our students fi nd a path that leads them on to exciting careers or further study in New Zealand and around the world. Each will tell you that their success comes from an environment of support and inspiration. For an insight into how we create this environment, experience it yourself at our Open Day on Saturday 12 Sept. and take two minutes to view some of our students’ ‘Stories of Inspiration’ at acgedu.com/inspire [ be inspired ] VISIT OUR OPEN DAY. SAT 12 SEPT. - 10.30AM - 2.30PM /ACGStrathallan $810,000 8Mohua Ave, Takanini Four-bedroom homewith loft, open plan living and dining, and double garaging. Sold byBayleysPapakura Check out our Southern Homes section $700,000 37VillageWay, Ardmore Newly painted three-bedroom bungalow, set on an oversized sectionwith a north-facing deck wrapping around the front. Sold byBayleysTakanini Watch our videos acgedu.com/inspire sold!
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