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Banning dogs from children's play areas

The Council is proposing to ban dogs from a further 26 children’s play areas in West Lancashire in order to help keep children safe and reduce problems with dog fouling.

We are also planning to require dogs to be kept on leads in five specified areas in public parks and playing fields. These five areas have been chosen because there are other publicly accessible areas nearby where dogs can be exercised without restrictions.

We are now seeking the views of local residents, visitors and organisations so your comments can be taken into account before final decisions are made. 

Proposals: dogs to be banned

The 26 children's play areas from which we propose to ban dogs are:

Coronation Park, Ormskirk (PDF 116kb)
Halsall Lane, Ormskirk (PDF 139kb)
Westend, Ormskirk (PDF 111kb)
Mawdesley Terrace, Ormskirk (PDF 100kb)

Pickles Drive, Burscough (PDF 111kb)
Rees Park, Burscough (PDF 111kb)
Richmond Park, Burscough (PDF 90kb)

Banksbarn, Digmoor (PDF 125kb)
Alderley, Little Digmoor (PDF 124kb)
Belvedere Way, Aughton (PDF 1.41mb)
Fairhaven, Birch Green (PDF 150kb)
Helmsdale, Birch Green (PDF 145kb)
Inglewhite, Birch Green (PDF 169kb)
Stanley Coronation Park, Old Skelmersdale (PDF 137kb)
Tanfields, New Church Farm (PDF 137kb)
Evington, Tanhouse (PDF 169kb)
Ennerdale, Tanhouse (PDF 137kb)
Abbeystead, Little Digmoor (PDF 125kb)
Greenhill, Old Skelmersdale (PDF 144kb)

Up Holland, Westhead, Bickerstaffe, Hilldale, Scarisbrick
Beacon Country Park, Up Holland (PDF 111kb) 
Chequer Lane, Up Holland (PDF 129kb)
Beacon Park golf club, Up Holland (PDF 118kb)
Westhead (School Lane) (PDF 113kb)
Hilldale Playing Field (PDF 151kb)
Bickerstaffe Playing Field (PDF 129kb)
Daisy Way, Scarisbrick (PDF 1.36mb)

Proposals: dogs on lead

The five areas where we propose dogs must be kept on a lead are:

Part of Beacon Country Park (PDF 244kb) 
Part of Coronation Park, Ormskirk (PDF232kb)
Stanley Coronation Park, Skelmersdale (PDF 345kb)
St Helens Road Park, Ormskirk (PDF 322kb)
Alder Lane playing fields, Parbold (PDF 240kb) 


In 2014 the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act brought in provisions for councils to make Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to make public spaces more welcoming to the majority of law abiding people, by reducing anti-social behaviour. We propose to have one PSPO, which will replace the Council’s existing Dog Control Orders and extend restrictions to the new areas listed above. The new PSPO would initially last for three years and it is envisaged that it would be extended beyond this time.

Current restrictions

Dogs are already excluded from 43 children’s play areas operated by the borough council and parish councils under Dog Control Orders  introduced by the Council in 2009. There are no changes proposed to these restrictions, which will remain in force. The existing restrictions are listed on both the dog control orders and dog fouling pages.


The penalty for breaching the restrictions will be the same in the proposed new areas as in the existing areas where dogs are controlled: a fixed penalty notice of £75, or a court fine not exceeding £1,000.

Give your views

  • Send comments by email to: publicspaceconsultation@westlancs.gov.uk
  • Or write to: Environmental Protection and Community Safety Manager, West Lancashire Borough Council, Robert Hodge Centre, Stanley Way, Skelmersdale, West Lancashire, WN8 8EE

The closing date for comments is Tuesday 3 January 2017.

Please be clear in your response, which areas you are referring to. If you would like paper copies of any particular maps just let us know.

Please note: the information you provide will be used only for council purposes, e.g. to be shared with councillors and officers with a view to improving service delivery. Your personal information will not be passed on to any other organisations. When results are published, no personal information will be included.

What happens next?

Comments will be reported to councillors at full Council in February 2017 for a final decision to be made. If the restrictions are approved, it is expected that they will be in place by 1 April 2017. Signs advising people of the new restrictions will be installed in the relevant areas.