Skip to content

T: 023 8086 4500 | M: 075 4532 5209 | E:

T: 023 8086 4500
M: 075 4532 5209

Councillor Davod Harrison

Dog Walking Charter

Woman Walking Dogs
Woman Walking Dogs

There was a very keen debate and a close vote at the New Forest National park Authority meeting today.

Eventually, by eight votes to six, members voted to support a new Professional Dog Walkers Charter for the New Forest.

There is already a New Forest Dog Walking code, developed by the New Forest Dogs Forum.

However, it was felt that there was also a need to produce a document for people who provide a dog walking service for the public.

It’s a largely unregulated activity and the Forestry Commission do not favour regulation.

Some members were not prepared to support the charter, arguing that there needs to be regulation and suitable penalties for people who aren’t interested in abiding by the guidance within the charter.

I reminded members that we had a similar debate in advance of the Cycle Event Organisers’ Charter, where we have similar issues with no legal powers to determine what happens on the roads, but, despite this it has been very largely successful.

Changing the law is not easily possible.

It’s a bit of a compromise, however, I hope that with the charter in place, the support of local dog walking organisations and a continuing drive to educate people about effective control of dogs in the New Forest, we will get largely what we want.


Sign up to David's latest stories which are delivered to your inbox in the morning. Please note: your details including your email address will not be sold or given to a third party. 
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

Leave a Comment

Search the site

Latest Marchwood Stories

Boost For Cycling Walking

Boost For Cycling & Walking?

Well…. I really hope so! This afternoon, I attended a meeting of local Councillors and Officers

Door Mat

Door Knocking Scam

The excellent Rushington Manor Residents Association are warning local residents

By The Railway

Testing Support For The Railway Campaign

I have been told by a number of local Conservative Councillors that they back the campaign to restore a passenger service along the Waterside railway line.

Totton Level Crossing Trains

A Difficult…. But…. Important Question

I have a difficult question to put to you. 

David handing in a petition to Hampshire County Council

Future Of The Marchwood Household Waste Recycling Facil;ity

I attended a meeting of Marchwood Parish Council this evening, providing them with my report as the local Hampshire County Councillor.