Submission on proposed Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw

There are 678 submitters with comments

Ronan Harvey

Dog on leash areas
I am a dog owner. I am fully opposed to any further restrictions which limit the proper exercising of dogs. "Dog on Leash" should only be involved where traffic or livestock is an issue. I believe that "dogs on leash" should be permitted in the CBD. I urge that "dogs on leash" should be permitted in the Wither Hills Park.
Do not further restrict dog exercising by requiring "on leash" in the Taylor River area (all) Permit dogs on leash in the CBD. Permit dogs on leash in the Wither Hills Park. Thank you Per
Ronan Harvey -
Dog on leash areas
We the undersigned wish to register our strong opposition to the MDC proposed dog control policy which seeks to make the area of Taylor River Reserve (along the true right bank - Blenheim town side - of the river, from the Burleigh Bridge to Stuart Street, and along the true left bank of the river from Doctors Creek to the confluence of the Opaoa and Taylor Rivers) on-leash only for dogs.
Rose Harrison -
George Robertson

Control of dogs in public places
I am writing to express my concern at the current situation where dogs are allowed on the Wairau Valley Golf course. My wife and I operate a small farm on the Eastern Boundary of the golf course. We have lived here for 20 years and the past 4 years have seen the situation with dogs on the course get out of hand. It has become impossible to graze 40% of our land due to dogs disturbing stock. This current lambing we have had to take the ewes off our property and graze them on our neighbour's land. Last summer we lost two fawns from dogs panicking the stock. Four Sunday's ago at 8.30 pm we were disturbed by a spotlight shining across the front of our lawn and paddocks. I went out and called out to the person who replied we are shooting rabbits - the golf course gave us permission. Just minutes before that a man ran his dog along our boundary and disturbed our dogs. Our dogs are in professionally built motels and attached dog runs. Recently we were putting the ewes in the yards and a woman ran her dogs right against our boundary fence. I have asked this person to keep her dogs away from our boundary fence - her reply is unprintable. She then walked up and down the full length of our boundary three times - any dog including ours would react to other dogs running our boundary.' Our last Christmas created extreme stress for my wife and we are contemplating our next move away from this area as living here in our retirements both of us in our mid 80's and it is ridculous that we shoud be put in such a position that we are forced to change our lifestyle.
George Robertson -
Dog off leash areas
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Guy Boddington -
Sheenagh Barron

Dog on leash areas
I am late providing feedback on the dog control issue along the Taylor river. I am not a dog owner but I strongly disagree with more controls on dog owners having to leash their dogs. There are so few places where dogs can be taken to exercise and it’s important that dogs can behave naturally when they are taken for exercise so they can run and greet other dogs wander sniff and be free, obviously owners with unpredictable dogs should leash and or muzzle the dog but in my experience dogs are well behaved along the Taylor. A few owners do not watch their dogs closely enough and leave dog waste, this is a human problem not the fault of the dog and the dog should not be punished. Most dogs are regular in their habits like humans and good owners should know when and where the dog is going to do it’s business and be ready. Fines might help but then someone needs to enforce it.
Sheenagh Barron -
Lynn Mullens

Signage
Information signage is inadequate in some popular walking areas, eg. Harling Park, where there is no signage to indicate which parts of the park are off-leash and which are dog prohibited areas.
Improve signage at popular multi-use areas to inform and educate dog walkers, cyclists and other users of public places.
Lynn Mullens -
Lynn Mullens

Dog fouling in public places
There is without doubt a minority of dog walkers who do not behave responsibly; however: -\tThere are too few dog waste bins, too widely spaced, eg. Taylor River right bank between Monro Street and Burleigh Bridge; Sutherland Stream car park in Redwood Street and Harling Park. -\tThe existing bins are either too small or are not emptied often enough, eg. Monro Street car park. -\tThe black bags in the dog waste bins are too small and often slip down. It is unreasonable to expect users to dig their hands into a bin to pull up the black bag before depositing a waste packet.
- Provide a sufficient number of adequately spaced dog waste bins of appropriate size. - Improve the design of the bins so that the black bag remains in position. - Please do not tar responsible dog walkers with the same brush as a few irresponsible people.
Lynn Mullens -
Lynn Mullens

Other
Section 21: Impounding of dogs The location of the dog pound is unsuitable, as any person concerned for animal welfare cannot fail to notice on a trip to the transfer station. There is continual very loud crashing and banging from waste being thrown into skips, large trucks placing and removing skips and noise from surrounding industries. The noise must be terrifying for dogs who are already likely to be stressed from their ordeal of being in the pound.
Move the dog pound to a quieter location where the impounded dogs can be housed with due consideration for their welfare.
Lynn Mullens -
Lynn Mullens

Dog prohibited areas
•\tAthletic Park – The shady area south-west of the track is a blessing on a hot summer’s afternoon. On-leash dogs in this area would cause no nuisance to users of the park for sports. Allow dogs on-leash in the arboretum to the south-west of the athletics track. •\tPollard Park – It is unfair to deny dog-walkers the pleasure of experiencing Blenheim’s most beautiful park in the company of their pets. It is one of few places where one can walk dogs in cool shade on a hot day.
Allow dogs on-leash in Pollard Park and Churchill Glade.
Lynn Mullens -
Lynn Mullens

Dog on leash areas
•\tRiverside Park, south bank, east of SH 1 bridge – there seems to be little cause for conflict between users of this Reserve and no apparent reason for it to be an on-leash area. Make this area an off-leash area. •\tTaylor River – I have walked my dogs every day for the last 18 years, mostly in the Taylor River Reserve, and have seen few incidents caused by dogs. This is backed up by statistics recorded by Council. I make the following points in support of my submission: -\tDue consideration should be shown by all who share the space, including dog walkers, cyclists and motorised scooter riders. Some cyclists and scooter riders cause distress and danger to other users by riding unreasonably fast and not warning of their approach. -\tThere is no valid reason why dogs and their walkers should be targeted as the cause and potential solution to a perceived problem. The pleasures and benefits to wellbeing of owning a dog are well-documented. Dogs and their owners have as much right as other users to enjoy freedom of movement in the Reserve. -\tOn-leash dogs do not get sufficient exercise for their health and wellbeing. -\tThe right bank of the Taylor River is the most easily accessible area of significant size for a large catchment area of Blenheim. -\tThe proposed off-leash area on the left bank is not easily accessible, especially to people with disabilities, mobility scooters, small children and prams, and does not have sufficient easily accessible parking. -\tImproved education is key. Current measures are not working.
-\tmake all areas of the Taylor River Reserve off-leash areas; -\tplease do not punish dog- walkers for the behaviour of a minority; -\tincrease education for all users; and -\tprovide a regular and ongoing presence by Reserves Rangers and Animal Control Officers at peak-use times. Issue spot fines for bad behaviour.
Lynn Mullens -
Lynn Mullens

Other
•\tBeaches and Reserves near the coast in Picton, Waikawa and the Marlborough Sounds and South Marlborough in general It is a pity that residents and visitors to these areas and their dogs cannot enjoy the joys of off-leash exercise and freedom of movement, unless there are adverse effects on wildlife. Surely minor incidents could be adequately dealt with by social control. More serious incidents, if any, could be reported to Council or Police. Make all the above areas off-leash. Install educational signage at high use areas. Thank you for the opportunity to submit on the Proposed Dog Control Bylaw. I wish to be heard.
Lynn Mullens -
Dennis Burkhart
Baseline Group
Dog off leash areas
The Council is proposing a change to the Dog Control Policy and Bylaw to change the way these spaces are used and to avoid potential conflict between users, adverse effects on ecology, and to manage areas where there have been issues with uncontrolled dogs and dog fouling. The Policy and Bylaw dictate dog on leash areas, dog off leash areas, dog prohibited areas and the distance dogs are permitted to a playground. Currently, Ward Beach is considered as a dog off-leash area, meaning that dog owners can run their dogs along this beach without being on the leash in a controlled manner. Mr. Burkhart is a dog owner who regularly visits Ward Beach with his dog. He lived in Ward for a long time and still has interests in the area. There is only one other public place where you are allowed to walk a dog in Ward, being the domain, and to remove Ward Beach from being accessed by dogs would reduce the options for dog owners, particularly those who do not have large exercise areas available. Space to run a dog responsibly, where there is enough room to avoid other users is important for dog owners and Ward Beach provides an excellent open space for such purposes. The purpose of the bylaw sets out at the introduction the following: The proposed bylaw does not appear to introduce any additional dog exercise areas at Ward, meaning that Ward dog owners are further restricted in the areas they can use, without ample alternative space being provided for this use. Furthermore, the Domain is an on-leash area meaning there is no space left in Ward for off-leash freedom. This is an unfair restriction on dog owners in Ward and does not represent the freedoms of public space experienced elsewhere.
The proposed Bylaw to allow Ward Beach and reserve to be retained as a "Dog off-leash area".
Dennis Burkhart - Baseline Group
Dennis Burkhart
Baseline Group
Dog prohibited areas
The Council is proposing a change to the Dog Control Policy and Bylaw to change the way these spaces are used and to avoid potential conflict between users, adverse effects on ecology, and to manage areas where there have been issues with uncontrolled dogs and dog fouling. The Policy and Bylaw dictate dog on leash areas, dog off leash areas, dog prohibited areas and the distance dogs are permitted to a playground. Currently, Ward Beach is considered as a dog off-leash area, meaning that dog owners can run their dogs along this beach without being on the leash in a controlled manner. Mr. Burkhart is a dog owner who regularly visits Ward Beach with his dog. He lived in Ward for a long time and still has interests in the area. There is only one other public place where you are allowed to walk a dog in Ward, being the domain, and to remove Ward Beach from being accessed by dogs would reduce the options for dog owners, particularly those who do not have large exercise areas available. Space to run a dog responsibly, where there is enough room to avoid other users is important for dog owners and Ward Beach provides an excellent open space for such purposes. The purpose of the bylaw sets out at the introduction the following: The proposed bylaw does not appear to introduce any additional dog exercise areas at Ward, meaning that Ward dog owners are further restricted in the areas they can use, without ample alternative space being provided for this use. Furthermore, the Domain is an on-leash area meaning there is no space left in Ward for off-leash freedom. This is an unfair restriction on dog owners in Ward and does not represent the freedoms of public space experienced elsewhere.
The proposed Bylaw to allow Ward Beach and reserve to be retained as a "Dog off-leash area".
Dennis Burkhart - Baseline Group
Susan Schmidt

Control of dogs in public places
I DISAGREE with the proposal to change parts of the Taylor River Reserve to an On-Leash dog walking area for the following reasons: The majority of the Dog Owners who use the Taylor River Reserve to walk their dogs, do so with them Off-leash. This serves to show how much there is a need for this heavily utilised safe area. Allowing your dog to walk off-leash increases the amount of exercise that the dog receives, thus improving the behavior of the dog. Whilst a dog is on-lead, it is not receiving the full amount of stress relief, resulting in a tenser dog. If you restrict all dogs to walking on-leash in this area, you will have an increased number of stressed animals, thus resulting in additional behavioural issues such as: increased barking, increased escapes and possibly additional attacks. Well exercised dogs = more sociable dogs. If you remove this off-leash walking area, you will increase the number of dog related issues.
To RETAIN Taylor River reserve as an off-leash dog walking area.
Susan Schmidt -
Susan Schmidt

Dog parks
I DISAGREE with the proposal to change parts of the Taylor River Reserve to an On-Leash dog walking area for the following reasons: The majority of the Dog Owners who use the Taylor River Reserve to walk their dogs, do so with them Off-leash. This serves to show how much there is a need for this heavily utilised safe area. Allowing your dog to walk off-leash increases the amount of exercise that the dog receives, thus improving the behavior of the dog. Whilst a dog is on-lead, it is not receiving the full amount of stress relief, resulting in a tenser dog. If you restrict all dogs to walking on-leash in this area, you will have an increased number of stressed animals, thus resulting in additional behavioural issues such as: increased barking, increased escapes and possibly additional attacks. Well exercised dogs = more sociable dogs. If you remove this off-leash walking area, you will increase the number of dog related issues.
To RETAIN Taylor River reserve as an off-leash dog walking area.
Susan Schmidt -
Susan Schmidt

Dog prohibited areas
I DISAGREE with the proposal to change parts of the Taylor River Reserve to an On-Leash dog walking area for the following reasons: The majority of the Dog Owners who use the Taylor River Reserve to walk their dogs, do so with them Off-leash. This serves to show how much there is a need for this heavily utilised safe area. Allowing your dog to walk off-leash increases the amount of exercise that the dog receives, thus improving the behavior of the dog. Whilst a dog is on-lead, it is not receiving the full amount of stress relief, resulting in a tenser dog. If you restrict all dogs to walking on-leash in this area, you will have an increased number of stressed animals, thus resulting in additional behavioural issues such as: increased barking, increased escapes and possibly additional attacks. Well exercised dogs = more sociable dogs. If you remove this off-leash walking area, you will increase the number of dog related issues.
To RETAIN Taylor River reserve as an off-leash dog walking area.
Susan Schmidt -
Susan Schmidt

Dog on leash areas
I DISAGREE with the proposal to change parts of the Taylor River Reserve to an On-Leash dog walking area for the following reasons: The majority of the Dog Owners who use the Taylor River Reserve to walk their dogs, do so with them Off-leash. This serves to show how much there is a need for this heavily utilised safe area. Allowing your dog to walk off-leash increases the amount of exercise that the dog receives, thus improving the behavior of the dog. Whilst a dog is on-lead, it is not receiving the full amount of stress relief, resulting in a tenser dog. If you restrict all dogs to walking on-leash in this area, you will have an increased number of stressed animals, thus resulting in additional behavioural issues such as: increased barking, increased escapes and possibly additional attacks. Well exercised dogs = more sociable dogs. If you remove this off-leash walking area, you will increase the number of dog related issues.
To RETAIN Taylor River reserve as an off-leash dog walking area.
Susan Schmidt -
Susan Schmidt

Dog prohibited areas
I DISAGREE with the proposal to change parts of the Taylor River Reserve to an On-Leash dog walking area for the following reasons: The majority of the Dog Owners who use the Taylor River Reserve to walk their dogs, do so with them Off-leash. This serves to show how much there is a need for this heavily utilised safe area. Allowing your dog to walk off-leash increases the amount of exercise that the dog receives, thus improving the behavior of the dog. Whilst a dog is on-lead, it is not receiving the full amount of stress relief, resulting in a tenser dog. If you restrict all dogs to walking on-leash in this area, you will have an increased number of stressed animals, thus resulting in additional behavioural issues such as: increased barking, increased escapes and possibly additional attacks. Well exercised dogs = more sociable dogs. If you remove this off-leash walking area, you will increase the number of dog related issues.
To RETAIN Taylor River reserve as an off-leash dog walking area.
Susan Schmidt -
Susan Schmidt

Prevention of public nuisance
I DISAGREE with the proposal to change parts of the Taylor River Reserve to an On-Leash dog walking area for the following reasons: The majority of the Dog Owners who use the Taylor River Reserve to walk their dogs, do so with them Off-leash. This serves to show how much there is a need for this heavily utilised safe area. Allowing your dog to walk off-leash increases the amount of exercise that the dog receives, thus improving the behavior of the dog. Whilst a dog is on-lead, it is not receiving the full amount of stress relief, resulting in a tenser dog. If you restrict all dogs to walking on-leash in this area, you will have an increased number of stressed animals, thus resulting in additional behavioural issues such as: increased barking, increased escapes and possibly additional attacks. Well exercised dogs = more sociable dogs. If you remove this off-leash walking area, you will increase the number of dog related issues.
To RETAIN Taylor River reserve as an off-leash dog walking area.
Susan Schmidt -
Susan Schmidt

Dog off leash areas
I DISAGREE with the proposal to change parts of the Taylor River Reserve to an On-Leash dog walking area for the following reasons: The majority of the Dog Owners who use the Taylor River Reserve to walk their dogs, do so with them Off-leash. This serves to show how much there is a need for this heavily utilised safe area. Allowing your dog to walk off-leash increases the amount of exercise that the dog receives, thus improving the behavior of the dog. Whilst a dog is on-lead, it is not receiving the full amount of stress relief, resulting in a tenser dog. If you restrict all dogs to walking on-leash in this area, you will have an increased number of stressed animals, thus resulting in additional behavioural issues such as: increased barking, increased escapes and possibly additional attacks. Well exercised dogs = more sociable dogs. If you remove this off-leash walking area, you will increase the number of dog related issues.
To RETAIN Taylor River reserve as an off-leash dog walking area.
Susan Schmidt -
Henning Schmidt

Dog off leash areas
Dogs need off-leash areas in town, and the only issue I am aware of is between dogs and push bikes. It would be better to control the speed of pushbikes, then there wouldn't be a problem.
To keep Taylor River park reserve an off-leash area for dogs.
Henning Schmidt -
Barbara Taylor

Control of dogs in public places
There are very few places in Blenheim where one is allowed to exercise dogs off-leash - away from traffic and should therefore be kept as it is. Please do not take this away from us.
To retain Taylor River as an off-leash dog walking area.
Barbara Taylor -
Barbara Taylor

Dog off leash areas
There are very few places in Blenheim where one is allowed to exercise dogs off-leash - away from traffic and should therefore be kept as it is. Please do not take this away from us.
To retain Taylor River as an off-leash dog walking area.
Barbara Taylor -
Gary Jones

Control of dogs in public places
No dogs in CBD, including those on leashes. No dogs off leash in vicinity of biking/walking paths beside Taylor River. Dogs off-leash where there are no walking or biking paths. Have parks just for dogs off-leash. Cyclists must have dog on leash on paths.
As above.
Gary Jones -
Gary Jones

Dog parks
No dogs in CBD, including those on leashes. No dogs off leash in vicinity of biking/walking paths beside Taylor River. Dogs off-leash where there are no walking or biking paths. Have parks just for dogs off-leash. Cyclists must have dog on leash on paths.
As above.
Gary Jones -
Gary Jones

Signage
No dogs in CBD, including those on leashes. No dogs off leash in vicinity of biking/walking paths beside Taylor River. Dogs off-leash where there are no walking or biking paths. Have parks just for dogs off-leash. Cyclists must have dog on leash on paths.
As above.
Gary Jones -
Gary Jones

Dog prohibited areas
No dogs in CBD, including those on leashes. No dogs off leash in vicinity of biking/walking paths beside Taylor River. Dogs off-leash where there are no walking or biking paths. Have parks just for dogs off-leash. Cyclists must have dog on leash on paths.
As above
Gary Jones -
Gary Jones

Dog on leash areas
No dogs in CBD, including those on leashes. No dogs off leash in vicinity of biking/walking paths beside Taylor River. Dogs off-leash where there are no walking or biking paths. Have parks just for dogs off-leash. Cyclists must have dog on leash on paths.
As above.
Gary Jones -
Gary Jones

Dog off leash areas
No dogs in CBD, including those on leashes. No dogs off leash in vicinity of biking/walking paths beside Taylor River. Dogs off-leash where there are no walking or biking paths. Have parks just for dogs off-leash. Cyclists must have dog on leash on paths.
As above.
Gary Jones -
Wynne Kay Garrick

Dog off leash areas
I don't believe it would be fair if dogs had to be on a lead over the Taylor River area. There's plenty of room for all. however cyclists and walkers can go all over Blenheim whereas dogs are much more restricted. and some older people walk their dogs there from home.
That dogs may run freely on all areas of the Taylor River.
Wynne Kay Garrick -
Kevin Wratt

Control of dogs in public places
1. I find the restricted areas other than sports facility areas over the top and not justified. 2. No mention of other uses ie, e-bikes, motorised skateboard, etc plus cyclists in general. Many travel too fast and are dangerous in some instances. Not being considerate of owners or dogs when approaching and passing. Passing from the rear, many cyclists give absolutely no warning - this is extremely upsetting and dangerous. 3. I used the Taylor River reserve, Beaver Road to Burleigh almost twice daily, morning and late afternoon or evening and find no need to put my dog on a lead at any time.
Status quo, should remain. Due to increase in cyclist, etc and explosion of e-bikes and motorised skateboards etc. Better signage should be considered "approach from users rear" and speed restrictions"?
Kevin Wratt -
Kevin Wratt

Cyclists exercising dogs
1. I find the restricted areas other than sports facility areas over the top and not justified. 2. No mention of other uses ie, e-bikes, motorised skateboard, etc plus cyclists in general. Many travel too fast and are dangerous in some instances. Not being considerate of owners or dogs when approaching and passing. Passing from the rear, many cyclists give absolutely no warning - this is extremely upsetting and dangerous. 3. I used the Taylor River reserve, Beaver Road to Burleigh almost twice daily, morning and late afternoon or evening and find no need to put my dog on a lead at any time.
Status quo, should remain. Due to increase in cyclist, etc and explosion of e-bikes and motorised skateboards etc. Better signage should be considered "approach from users rear" and speed restrictions"?
Kevin Wratt -
Kevin Wratt

Dog parks
1. I find the restricted areas other than sports facility areas over the top and not justified. 2. No mention of other uses ie, e-bikes, motorised skateboard, etc plus cyclists in general. Many travel too fast and are dangerous in some instances. Not being considerate of owners or dogs when approaching and passing. Passing from the rear, many cyclists give absolutely no warning - this is extremely upsetting and dangerous. 3. I used the Taylor River reserve, Beaver Road to Burleigh almost twice daily, morning and late afternoon or evening and find no need to put my dog on a lead at any time.
Status quo, should remain. Due to increase in cyclist, etc and explosion of e-bikes and motorised skateboards etc. Better signage should be considered "approach from users rear" and speed restrictions"?
Kevin Wratt -
Kevin Wratt

Dog parks
1. I find the restricted areas other than sports facility areas over the top and not justified. 2. No mention of other uses ie, e-bikes, motorised skateboard, etc plus cyclists in general. Many travel too fast and are dangerous in some instances. Not being considerate of owners or dogs when approaching and passing. Passing from the rear, many cyclists give absolutely no warning - this is extremely upsetting and dangerous. 3. I used the Taylor River reserve, Beaver Road to Burleigh almost twice daily, morning and late afternoon or evening and find no need to put my dog on a lead at any time.
Status quo, should remain. Due to increase in cyclist, etc and explosion of e-bikes and motorised skateboards etc. Better signage should be considered "approach from users rear" and speed restrictions"?
Kevin Wratt -
Kevin Wratt

Signage
1. I find the restricted areas other than sports facility areas over the top and not justified. 2. No mention of other uses ie, e-bikes, motorised skateboard, etc plus cyclists in general. Many travel too fast and are dangerous in some instances. Not being considerate of owners or dogs when approaching and passing. Passing from the rear, many cyclists give absolutely no warning - this is extremely upsetting and dangerous. 3. I used the Taylor River reserve, Beaver Road to Burleigh almost twice daily, morning and late afternoon or evening and find no need to put my dog on a lead at any time.
Status quo, should remain. Due to increase in cyclist, etc and explosion of e-bikes and motorised skateboards etc. Better signage should be considered "approach from users rear" and speed restrictions"?
Kevin Wratt -
Kevin Wratt

Dog prohibited areas
1. I find the restricted areas other than sports facility areas over the top and not justified. 2. No mention of other uses ie, e-bikes, motorised skateboard, etc plus cyclists in general. Many travel too fast and are dangerous in some instances. Not being considerate of owners or dogs when approaching and passing. Passing from the rear, many cyclists give absolutely no warning - this is extremely upsetting and dangerous. 3. I used the Taylor River reserve, Beaver Road to Burleigh almost twice daily, morning and late afternoon or evening and find no need to put my dog on a lead at any time.
Status quo, should remain. Due to increase in cyclist, etc and explosion of e-bikes and motorised skateboards etc. Better signage should be considered "approach from users rear" and speed restrictions"?
Kevin Wratt -
Kevin Wratt

Dog on leash areas
1. I find the restricted areas other than sports facility areas over the top and not justified. 2. No mention of other uses ie, e-bikes, motorised skateboard, etc plus cyclists in general. Many travel too fast and are dangerous in some instances. Not being considerate of owners or dogs when approaching and passing. Passing from the rear, many cyclists give absolutely no warning - this is extremely upsetting and dangerous. 3. I used the Taylor River reserve, Beaver Road to Burleigh almost twice daily, morning and late afternoon or evening and find no need to put my dog on a lead at any time.
Status quo, should remain. Due to increase in cyclist, etc and explosion of e-bikes and motorised skateboards etc. Better signage should be considered "approach from users rear" and speed restrictions"?
Kevin Wratt -
Kevin Wratt

Dog off leash areas
1. I find the restricted areas other than sports facility areas over the top and not justified. 2. No mention of other uses ie, e-bikes, motorised skateboard, etc plus cyclists in general. Many travel too fast and are dangerous in some instances. Not being considerate of owners or dogs when approaching and passing. Passing from the rear, many cyclists give absolutely no warning - this is extremely upsetting and dangerous. 3. I used the Taylor River reserve, Beaver Road to Burleigh almost twice daily, morning and late afternoon or evening and find no need to put my dog on a lead at any time.
Status quo, should remain. Due to increase in cyclist, etc and explosion of e-bikes and motorised skateboards etc. Better signage should be considered "approach from users rear" and speed restrictions"?
Kevin Wratt -
Kevin Wratt

Dog off leash areas
1. I find the restricted areas other than sports facility areas over the top and not justified. 2. No mention of other uses ie, e-bikes, motorised skateboard, etc plus cyclists in general. Many travel too fast and are dangerous in some instances. Not being considerate of owners or dogs when approaching and passing. Passing from the rear, many cyclists give absolutely no warning - this is extremely upsetting and dangerous. 3. I used the Taylor River reserve, Beaver Road to Burleigh almost twice daily, morning and late afternoon or evening and find no need to put my dog on a lead at any time.
Status quo, should remain. Due to increase in cyclist, etc and explosion of e-bikes and motorised skateboards etc. Better signage should be considered "approach from users rear" and speed restrictions"?
Kevin Wratt -
Kevin Wratt

Other
1. I find the restricted areas other than sports facility areas over the top and not justified. 2. No mention of other uses ie, e-bikes, motorised skateboard, etc plus cyclists in general. Many travel too fast and are dangerous in some instances. Not being considerate of owners or dogs when approaching and passing. Passing from the rear, many cyclists give absolutely no warning - this is extremely upsetting and dangerous. 3. I used the Taylor River reserve, Beaver Road to Burleigh almost twice daily, morning and late afternoon or evening and find no need to put my dog on a lead at any time.
Status quo, should remain. Due to increase in cyclist, etc and explosion of e-bikes and motorised skateboards etc. Better signage should be considered "approach from users rear" and speed restrictions"?
Kevin Wratt -
Ian de Zwart

Signage
Clear signage esp at parks (eg, Pollard Park and playground) for dog prohibited areas and 'dog areas on leash'. Dog fouling in public places better policed. Other: this one for cyclists - must have bells and must use bells.
In general that the Dog Control policy September 2025 is accepted.
Ian de Zwart -
Ian de Zwart

Dog fouling in public places
Clear signage esp at parks (eg, Pollard Park and playground) for dog prohibited areas and 'dog areas on leash'. Dog fouling in public places better policed. Other: this one for cyclists - must have bells and must use bells.
In general that the Dog Control policy September 2025 is accepted.
Ian de Zwart -
Ian de Zwart

Other
Clear signage esp at parks (eg, Pollard Park and playground) for dog prohibited areas and 'dog areas on leash'. Dog fouling in public places better policed. Other: this one for cyclists - must have bells and must use bells.
In general that the Dog Control policy September 2025 is accepted.
Ian de Zwart -
Roseanne Christie-Warner

Control of dogs in public places
I use the Taylor River reserve daily to exercise my dog. They need to be able to run free and socialise with other dogs for their fitness and health! i see no reason for having to drive somewhere else to enjoy this pleasure.
Leave the status quo!!!
Roseanne Christie-Warner -
Roseanne Christie-Warner

Cyclists exercising dogs
I use the Taylor River reserve daily to exercise my dog. They need to be able to run free and socialise with other dogs for their fitness and health! i see no reason for having to drive somewhere else to enjoy this pleasure.
Leave the status quo!!!
Roseanne Christie-Warner -
Roseanne Christie-Warner

Dog prohibited areas
I use the Taylor River reserve daily to exercise my dog. They need to be able to run free and socialise with other dogs for their fitness and health! i see no reason for having to drive somewhere else to enjoy this pleasure.
Leave the status quo!!!
Roseanne Christie-Warner -
Roseanne Christie-Warner

Dog on leash areas
I use the Taylor River reserve daily to exercise my dog. They need to be able to run free and socialise with other dogs for their fitness and health! i see no reason for having to drive somewhere else to enjoy this pleasure.
Leave the status quo!!!
Roseanne Christie-Warner -
Roseanne Christie-Warner

Dog off leash areas
Leave the status quo!!!
Roseanne Christie-Warner -
Richard E Hegglun

Dog off leash areas
I would like the Council to leave the 'off-leash' areas on the Taylor River just as they are. Dogs need a certain amount of freedom and this area which is the envy of may other towns, provides this Being close to town it is a gem for the elderly and wheelchair bound people to get their dogs proper exercise. Sure the odd dog poo gets missed but there's also horse poo, bottles, cans and other rubbish one encounters on a walk. I have run dogs off-leash along the river for many years and have never had any major problems. There's plenty of room for everyone, just a bit of common courtesy by all would alleviate any problems.
To leave the Taylor river reserve just like it is, off-leash and free for everyone to enjoy.
Richard E Hegglun -
Yvonne Grant-Martens

Dog off leash areas
Be kind, be tolerant and share! Most rural towns have a community hall where people of all ages and interests come to socialise and learn from each other. I see the Taylor River as one huge town hall. It is great to now see individuals, friends and families using this wonderful facility of which many also have their dogs with them. People socialise and so do their dogs. For people using the walkways, commenting on dogs is often the bridge to a conversation. Friendships cemented and loneliness avoided. I have walked every day on the Taylor River with our pets for some decades now. The new pathways have made it more attractive and accessible which has brought joy for many people. All of the Taylor River walkways are a unique asset to our town. We should celebrate this and also the diversity of users that can benefit from it. Restrictions are not wanted and unnecessary. An emphasis on kindness, tolerance and sharing is.
Yvonne Grant-Martens -
Jenny Wills

Dog off leash areas
As a long time off-leash dog walker on the Taylor River banks I have never seen any problems with dogs. It is the only place we can safely run and play ball with our dogs. As responsible dog owners we have to make sure they have adequate exercise. It is a safe place for older people to walk their dogs, too far for them up by Burleigh Bridge - tracks not as safe - not good fr ball chasing either. Don't penalise 100s of responsible dog owners for a few people. We were given this area by the Council years ago - please keep it this way. Most of us are paying rates to use this area. Share the path. Keep our dogs healthy and happy.
To leave 'off-leash area' on Taylor River as it is.
Jenny Wills -
Jeanette Vance

Control of dogs in public places
Dog Parks I feel that in dog parks if there was a cordoned off area for large dogs and also another one for smaller breeds, it would be more suitable for all concerned. I own 2 small/medium sized male neutered dogs. One has been attacked 3 times by different dogs, purely unprovoked on his part and this has left him in a state of fear. Therefore I always keep him on a leash. However the other little fellow is fearless and is friendly towards all dogs - big and small, but because he could be attacked I always keep him on a lead. I hardly ever use the Taylor River Reserve by Leitrim Street entrance as there are a lot of big dogs running free and some come rushing over to us, but I blame the owners as most of them make no attempt to recall their dogs. This can be very intimidating. I don't want my dogs attacked or frightened as they are elderly and have medical conditions.
Dog Parks Separate large dogs from smaller breeds, by providing cordoned off areas for free running exercise. All dogs enjoy running free. I have not seen or used the Renwick Dog Park but that may be the solution for Blenheim, ie, similar styled park. Personally I use the public streets, Sheps Park and Harling Park.
Jeanette Vance -
Sandra McLachlan

Dog parks
I have been a dog responsible owner for forty years and I am extremely concerned about the off-leash possibility on the Taylor River banks from Stuart Street to Burleigh Bridge area. Dogs need an area where they can run, sniff and play. If this facility is removed to on-leash area this would make it unsuitable for myself and many others who have compromised walking. To exercise our dogs this would necessitate using a car to go to an off-leash area and for those who don't have a car it would be impossible. Dogs who are not exercised regularly become a nuisance to neighbours with barking, growling and bored creatures. Neglected and sad. I have walked this area regularly for the past 4 years, I have enjoyed the beauty and the freedom to meet other owners and their dogs large and small, and children enjoying this fantastic area. Most are careful to pick up after their dogs. I have never seen an incident where dogs are aggressive and out of control. The only time I get concerned is when a cycle whizzes past and I have to jump out of their way. May I suggest a speed limit. Please give consideration to the many users of this wonderful area.
That the Taylor River banks from Stuart Street to the Burleigh Bridge remain as it is for dogs to be off-leash. Cycles to have a speed limit at times ie, before and after school hours 8 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 6 pm.
Sandra McLachlan -
Sandra McLachlan

Dog off leash areas
I have been a dog responsible owner for forty years and I am extremely concerned about the off-leash possibility on the Taylor River banks from Stuart Street to Burleigh Bridge area. Dogs need an area where they can run, sniff and play. If this facility is removed to on-leash area this would make it unsuitable for myself and many others who have compromised walking. To exercise our dogs this would necessitate using a car to go to an off-leash area and for those who don't have a car it would be impossible. Dogs who are not exercised regularly become a nuisance to neighbours with barking, growling and bored creatures. Neglected and sad. I have walked this area regularly for the past 4 years, I have enjoyed the beauty and the freedom to meet other owners and their dogs large and small, and children enjoying this fantastic area. Most are careful to pick up after their dogs. I have never seen an incident where dogs are aggressive and out of control. The only time I get concerned is when a cycle whizzes past and I have to jump out of their way. May I suggest a speed limit. Please give consideration to the many users of this wonderful area.
That the Taylor River banks from Stuart Street to the Burleigh Bridge remain as it is for dogs to be off-leash. Cycles to have a speed limit at times ie, before and after school hours 8 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 6 pm.
Sandra McLachlan -
Virginia Williams

Control of dogs in public places
I oppose the proposed Dog Control Bylaw 2020 with regard to the Taylor River walkway. It should remain off-leash as it is today. This is a great area for dog walkers and dogs should be able to socialise there freely. I have yet to see an incident between dogs. I would like to see cyclists banned from this area. Those with dogs on leashes are often speeding excessively and the dogs running alongside are at risk of injuries. I disapprove of cyclists exercising dogs on leashes beside them. Thank you for the dog park at Foxs Island.
Dogs on the Taylor River walkway remaining off-leash.
Virginia Williams -
Virginia Williams

Cyclists exercising dogs
I oppose the proposed Dog Control Bylaw 2020 with regard to the Taylor River walkway. It should remain off-leash as it is today. This is a great area for dog walkers and dogs should be able to socialise there freely. I have yet to see an incident between dogs. I would like to see cyclists banned from this area. Those with dogs on leashes are often speeding excessively and the dogs running alongside are at risk of injuries. I disapprove of cyclists exercising dogs on leashes beside them. Thank you for the dog park at Foxs Island.
Dogs on the Taylor River walkway remaining off-leash.
Virginia Williams -
Lana McLaughlin

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the bylaw of allowing dogs in the CBD area, not fair on dogs to place them in this situation as too many non-dog owners are in this area and dogs may not be used to the business of a town situation. I oppose the bylaw of dogs having to be on a lead on certain parts of the Taylor River, as this is one of the very few areas in Blenheim where they can be walked off lead safely away from traffic etc. In my opinion it would be much safer to ban bikes in this area as in my experience it is speeding bikes that is the main problem.
Not allow dogs in CBD area. Not changing the current bylaw about dogs off lead at the Taylor River.
Lana McLaughlin -
Christine Smith

Dog on leash areas
I believe climate change should be factored into dog bylaws. People should be discouraged from driving climate-warming vehicles to exercise dogs. Ideally, dog-friendly areas, including off-leash ones, should be within walking distance for town dwellers, some dog-owners may not drive. The Taylor River Reserve, easily accessible to many town-dwellers, should remain as it is - an established off-leash area for dogs. More parks could be made dog-friendly. As on the Queen Charlotte Track, there could be the principle that on paths cyclists give way to walkers (after using warning bells).
To retain the status quo that allows dogs to be off-leash along both banks of the Taylor River Reserve. To allow dogs to be exercised on more parks.
Christine Smith -
Christine Smith

Dog off leash areas
I believe climate change should be factored into dog bylaws. People should be discouraged from driving climate-warming vehicles to exercise dogs. Ideally, dog-friendly areas, including off-leash ones, should be within walking distance for town dwellers, some dog-owners may not drive. The Taylor River Reserve, easily accessible to many town-dwellers, should remain as it is - an established off-leash area for dogs. More parks could be made dog-friendly. As on the Queen Charlotte Track, there could be the principle that on paths cyclists give way to walkers (after using warning bells).
To retain the status quo that allows dogs to be off-leash along both banks of the Taylor River Reserve. To allow dogs to be exercised on more parks.
Christine Smith -
James Halliday

Dog off leash areas
Dog law remains the same dogs off leashes.
James Halliday -
Eleanor Kietzmann

Dog on leash areas
I support dogs being off-leashes at river recreational areas.
To allow dogs being off lead in recreational areas.
Eleanor Kietzmann -
Susan Beardsworth

Dog off leash areas
I support the entire length of the Taylor River walkway being used by dogs off-leash. It is the only place in Blenheim where dogs are able to run and swim for a good distance. I have never been bothered by a dog whilst walking. Occasionally an exuberant dog or puppy comes up to greet me and I merely stand still so that I don't trip over him/her. I would far prefer cyclists to be banned or bells to be made compulsory. Or even a speed limit for cyclists who, too often use the walkway as a race track.
That the Taylor River walkway is left as a walk for dogs off-leash.
Susan Beardsworth -
Roger Beardsworth

Dog off leash areas
I strongly object to the proposal to change the off-leash areas of the Taylor River Reserve. The very small number of complaints regarding boisterous dogs cannot justify this action when you consider the total number of dogs exercised in this area. The area proposes for off-leash (Doctors Creek to Burleigh) is not accessible to anyone with limited mobility. There are very few off-leash areas available and it would be unfair on the residents in the central area to deprive them of use of the Taylor River Reserve.
To leave the designation of the Taylor River Reserve unchanged as an off-leash area.
Roger Beardsworth -
Patricia Fong

Control of dogs in public places
My submission is to disagree with proposed Bylaw ie, areas where they must be on a leash. The area should be free for dogs to be leash-free, but under control at all times. Fine those whose dogs intimidate other dogs or people and also dogs who foul the area and owners do not pick up after them.
That dogs can run free along Taylor River provided they are controlled and do not intimidate or threaten others.
Patricia Fong -
Patricia Fong

Dog fouling in public places
My submission is to disagree with proposed Bylaw ie, areas where they must be on a leash. The area should be free for dogs to be leash-free, but under control at all times. Fine those whose dogs intimidate other dogs or people and also dogs who foul the area and owners do not pick up after them.
That dogs can run free along Taylor River provided they are controlled and do not intimidate or threaten others.
Patricia Fong -
Patricia Fong

Dog off leash areas
My submission is to disagree with proposed Bylaw ie, areas where they must be on a leash. The area should be free for dogs to be leash-free, but under control at all times. Fine those whose dogs intimidate other dogs or people and also dogs who foul the area and owners do not pick up after them.
That dogs can run free along Taylor River provided they are controlled and do not intimidate or threaten others.
Patricia Fong -
Andrew Bell

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the change in on/off-leash areas; especially along the Taylor River Reserve. This area works well as it is now.
Maintain the status quo for off leash areas
Andrew Bell -
Connie Bell

Dog off leash areas
We often walk dogs from the Beaver Road carpark to the Burley Bridge and back. This walk takes well over an hour and I'm able to do this because of the good paving. I oppose the change in on/off-leash areas; especially along the Taylor River Reserve.
Maintain the status quo
Connie Bell -
Lavina White

Control of dogs in public places
We do not support the ‘Dog on Leash’ part of the new bylaw, or the ‘Dog Prohibited’ areas We live a few minutes walk from the Burleigh Bridge, and often walk or cycle a loop around Brayshaw Park, and also the shared pathway (unpaved track) along the river for visiting on the West side of the Taylor River accessing into Stratford Street. We have a small elderly dog that is very nervous of vehicles and bridge crossings. We always carry a store of bags attached to her lead, and clean up after her in public places. We also enjoy taking our motorhome to Ward Beach, with our small dog, as we are not allowed to have her at Marfells beach. This allows us a quiet retreat not too far from home as an escape from busy lives. The above changes to affected areas would deprive our wee dog of the ability to run free every day while we go about some gentle exercise. It would remove Ward Beach as a close to home retreat. This will affect our quiet enjoyment of the wonderful benefits of living in Blenheim.
Do not change the status for dogs in the Taylor river area , and to continue to allow dogs on Ward beach.
Lavina White -
LINDSAY Hore

Dog off leash areas
I want to see the status quo maintained for off leash areas. I support dogs on leash in CBD and the continued access for dogs in areas such as Pollard Park.
Maintain current dog access and off leash areas and allow dogs on leash in CBD.
LINDSAY Hore -
Peter Burt

Dog on leash areas
I walk my dog along the Taylor river 3 to 4 times per week. I have never witnessed any incidents of bad dog behaviour and therefore favour the status quo being maintained in regards dog off leash areas.
Retain the status quo in regard to dog off leash areas.
Peter Burt -
Elizabeth Steel

Control of dogs in public places
I do not want to see any but registered service dogs being allowed in the Blenheim CBD area. It is too dangerous to the young children and the elderly. If they are allowed I will avoid all possible trips into town, certainly will not patronise any eateries. *I do not like dogs around food tables, big dogs on level with food or small dogs around feet. *I have family and friends that are allergic to dog dander and hair and could need urgent medical attention should a dog approach them * Leads, Running leads especially can tangle around an elderly person's feet and trip them up. *Owners do not necessarily pick up after their dogs, soiling footpaths. *Children can be frightened of dogs and there may not be any way to avoid contact * Other children can be too enthusiastic in wanting to pat or hug ALL dogs especially when they have dogs at home expecting them to be friendly. *Under 3 children can quickly approach dogs before adults can react. *These children may need to be restrained instead of the dogs. *Some children so long for a dog at home they can be very difficult to restrain. *Dog behaviour can be erratic and irrational when other dogs are around. * Small aggressive barking/yappy dogs can cause even the best trained dogs to react to the provocation. *Who would be held responsible if people are caused accidents by dogs
PLEASE do not allow all dogs on leads to be permitted in Blenheim Shopping precincts. It is too dangerous.
Elizabeth Steel -
Janine Carter

Dog prohibited areas
I oppose the proposed dog bylaw regarding dogs being excluded from Pollard Park and the golf course. Dogs add to the family friendly atmosphere of the place and it also allows dog walkers to walk through to Taylor River
To allow dogs in Pollard Park and the golf course on leash
Janine Carter -
Kristin White

Dog on leash areas
The Council is proposing further restrictions on where dogs may be walked in and around the Blenheim area. There is one dog park in Blenheim, and therefore limited options for walking dogs. I prefer to keep my dogs out of town as they are large and take up most of the footpath. We instead walk our dogs along the Ōpaoa River (now proposed leash-only), the Taylor River (now proposed leash-only) and Brayshaw Museum Park (now proposed banned). We are responsible dog owners and when out walking we ensure that our dogs are controlled. We also (by choice) tend to steer clear of other people out walking - which will be difficult to do with such limited places to walk our dogs. Blenheim is a beautiful place and people with dogs should be encouraged to head outdoors to exercise their pets responsibly.
To maintain the status quo, particularly in relation to the Ōpaoa and Taylor Rivers, and Brayshaw Park.
Kristin White -
Control of dogs in public places
I oppose the proposed Dog Control By-Laws
to not implement changes to by-law
Catherine Robinson -
Elizabeth Davidson

Dog on leash areas
I have walked the tracks of the Taylor River with our family dogs for over 35 years. I wish to support the comments of the vast majority of submitters and ask that we can continue to walk our dogs off-lead along the lower Taylor River tracks and paths from the Burleigh Bridge down to the Quays area.
To continue to allow dogs to be exercised off-lead as at present.
Elizabeth Davidson -
David Greer

Dog on leash areas
I oppose any further change making off leash exercise areas on leash only. As a long term local resident, ratepayer and dog walker I do not wish to see the rights of dog walkers and their dogs restricted any further than they are already. To do so will significantly impact upon my enjoyment, mental health and wellbeing. I do not see that there is any major issue with the current off leash areas that arises from the action of dog owner / walkers. Issues arising are more likely to be as a result of inexperienced or inconsiderate cyclists or e-bikers not fully in control. These are the risks presented to the public and pedestrians in particular. Separation of cyclists from pedestrians by providing cycle paths (including dog walkers) is the required action. An additional action would be the provision of more bins for the disposal of dog mess. The current funds raised through local dog licencing should more than cover this cost.
To not increase the number of leash only dog walking areas at the expense of any current off leash areas.
David Greer -
David Greer

Dog on leash areas
I support the proposal to allow well behaved dogs on leash into the Blenheim town centre as this will enhance the experience of dog owners and bring business to town centre cafes.
Allow dogs on leash into Blenheim town centre.
David Greer -
David Greer

Dog prohibited areas
I should lie Blenheim town centre to no longer be a dog prohibited area.
To make Blenheim town centre a leash only area
David Greer -
Gina Theodore

Dog off leash areas
I do not support the on leash part of new bylaw along the Taylor river reserve because I frequently walk my dogs in the Taylor river reserve off leash and on leash when on my own. I do not have a problem with dogs off leash in the Taylor river reserve because when I walk the dogs with my partner they are off leash. We access and exit the Taylor river reserve from either Athletic park or Munroe street walking from home. We stay away from the formed tracks and follow the rivers edge on both sides of the river to the Burleigh bridge to the Alfred street bridge putting the dogs back on their leads when we have approaching dog walkers and cyclists so the dogs do not annoy them, we also have the dogs on their leads when getting close to Nelson street and leaving the river reserve. Our dogs love being off lead and are exploring all the time. We often pick up peoples dog poo that they have actually bothered to bag up but not carry to a disposal bin, I do not think there are enough disposal bins on both sides of the Taylor river from Wither road to the railway bridge on Grove road. It would also be good to see the MDC & dog control people be more visible and enforce the already existing bylaws along the Taylor river reserve
Do not have an on leash bylaw on both sides of the Taylor river from the Burleigh bridge to the Alfred street bridge. Have more dog poo disposal bins in high use areas throughout Marlborough. Enforce the already bylaws that are working provide more education to dog owners as well as easily accessed information on dog control policy in Marlborough for all dog owners including visitors this could be done through some signage in dog use areas with where to go via accessible website
Gina Theodore -
Adrienne (Adi) James

Dog on leash areas
I live one minutes walk from the Taylor River at the Beaver Road Bridge access. I moved to Blenheim 4 years ago and walk my dog there every day. This is the best thing about living in Blenheim and the friends that we have both met at the river are invaluable. The best part about this asset is that dogs can interact with each other, swim in the river and socialise. I also ride my bike with my dog which is only possible as it is off leash There is not always good access for dogs where there are good swimming holes eg Beaver Rd Bridge. Rock protection work could also allow for dogs to get in and out of the water. The current rubbish bins are usually overflowing on summer days and are unpleasant for everyone. There is a huge gap between bins and as i usually go for a 1hr to 1.5hr walk, it is a long time to carry a bag. I would be happy to use my dog registration fees for providing more bags and bins, particularly along the river (where there is access to maintain). I would prefer this to paying for further dog parks.
To allow dogs off leash along the entire Taylor River (excluding Riverside Park). To improve access to the river for dogs through rock steps and other options Provide more bins and bags along the river
Adrienne (Adi) James -
Tanya Rutan

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the suggestion of dogs being on leads in park. I walk my dogs there daily and it's wonderful place to exercise. In general, most people are considerate and clean up after their dogs. The park has a wonderful community feel where I've made many friends since moving here four years ago. It would be a shame to lose this perk in Blenheim where friends and families gather to relax and enjoy the outdoors with their pets.
Do not change the off leash areas as it is an important part of this community.
Tanya Rutan -
Adrienne (Adi) James
Marlborough District Council
Dog prohibited areas
The new Motuweka/Havelock pathway is under construction and is due to be completed in January 2021. The pathway runs from Mahakipawa Road, along the estuary and through the cemetery to Inglis Street (including the on leash area a Havelock Quay. There is an on lead area through the Havelock Cemetary to meet up with the rest of the Motuweka Pathway, but if this continues as as dog prohibited area then people with dogs will not be able to use the new Motuweka/Havelock Pathway or get access to the current pathway from the new section There has been no formal discussion with the Havelock Community Association or community about dog access along this pathway, but the intention was to make it as accessible as possible and have it as an onlead dog area. The pathway is not in the cemetery itself by through native bush along the bank.
Recommend that the area of the new Motuweka/Havelock Pathway through the cemetery be an on lead area in keeping with the rest of the pathway and allowing access through this part of the cemetary
Adrienne (Adi) James - Marlborough District Council
Adrienne (Adi) James
Marlborough District Council
Dog on leash areas
The Wairau River Picnic Area project is due to be completed in mid 2021 and will extend from the proposed on lead area highlighted down to the river and under the bridge.
Recommend extending the on leash are to include the whole project area.
Adrienne (Adi) James - Marlborough District Council
Adrienne (Adi) James
Marlborough District Council
Dog prohibited areas
Consideration of the Wairau Valley Loop Track
Recommend that dogs on leash be considered around the area of the Wairau Valley Golf that include the Wairau Valley Loop Track and consider including the area of marginal strip from the bottom of Keith Coleman Lane.
Adrienne (Adi) James - Marlborough District Council
Carol Taylor

Control of dogs in public places
I have been walking my dogs on the Taylor River reserve for over 23 years and I have yet to see an incident of note between dogs and fellow walkers. However during this period things have changed. The walking paths, now thankfully wider, are used by cyclists of which many are now e- bikes, these bikes are fast and silent which can catch a pedestrian and their free running dog off guard. However to restrain the dogs is maybe placing the onus on the wrong group when all is needed is tolerance. Taylor reserve is a wonderful exercise area for us all, two and four legged and I strongly believe the existing freedom should be retained. Regarding dogs in the cbd, on a lead fine but there is a responsibility for the dog owner to be considerate and in complete control. Pollard Park is absolutely stunning and immaculate, I see no reason why dogs should be excluded from this park, providing the Taylor River Reserve is still accessible for dogs off the lead to be exercised. Finally, dogs are not allowed at Whites Bay so should the apply to Wards Beach?
Retain the existing freedom of dog owners to exercise their pets at the Taylor River Reserve. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.
Carol Taylor -
Carole McIntosh

Dog off leash areas
I wish to make a submission in respect of the proposal to require dogs to be on-leash in the Taylor River area from the Burleigh Bridge to Stuart St on the right bank. I am not a dog owner but I do walk family members’ dogs most days, and often park at Burleigh Road and walk the section to the Monro Street carpark. I am opposed to the proposed new restrictions for the following reasons: Large dogs need to be exercised off-leash. There are very few places in Blenheim where dogs are permitted off-leash, and further restricting access will make it more difficult for these dogs to be properly exercised. As well as those of us who come in via Burleigh Road, there are many dog walkers who access the walkway from Leitrim Street and Rogers Street. When the river bed is dry, it is easy enough for most of us to cross to the other side, but when there is water in the river, it is not possible to cross except at the footbridge near Monro Street, or by crossing the Burleigh Bridge which involves crossing busy New Renwick Road. This adds an unnecessary element of risk. The alternative would be to drive to the carpark by the RSA olive grove, which is in very poor condition and is already often quite full. Not everyone can drive (many people who access the path are elderly and may not be able to drive), and in poor weather the left bank can be quite unpleasant to walk on given the lack of a path. If all dogs on the right bank are required to be on leash then this will add to congestion on the footpath for other users, which seems to be contrary to the purpose of the proposed amendment. As mentioned I walk most days, and the only times I have seen any conflict with other users is when cyclists approach from behind with no warning. This often startles the dogs, and certain cyclists then appear to be surprised and sometimes affronted that the animals react accordingly. There are plenty of signs advising cyclists to warn when approaching, and if they would only do this consistently then there would be far fewer such incidents, as it only takes a few seconds to get the dog under control once I become aware of a cyclist approaching. People who don’t currently pick up after their dogs on the right bank are unlikely to start picking up after them if they go to the left bank. That problem will not go away, it will just be relocated.
Do not change the current ability for dogs to be off-leash between Burleigh Bridge and Stuart Street.
Carole McIntosh -
Steven Ginders


RataPark.pdf
Dog off leash areas
1. The proposed new bylaw appears to be completely contradictory in terms of how it treats dog owners - giving on one hand (i.e. on-leash access in the CBD) whilst taking considerably with the other by prohibiting dogs from a number of areas where, according to the MDC website, they are presently allowed either on or off-leash - for example, Pollard Park inc. Churchill Glade & Waterlea Gardens; Wairau Valley Golf Reserve; Parklands Reserve; Ballinger Park; Vorbach Reserve; and Covent Gardens to name a few. The effect on Wairau Valley Township dog owners is that the nearest off-leash exercise area is almost 30-minutes’ drive away, and the new Loop Track around the township being developed by the MDC that utilises the golf course will be a no-go for dogs either on or off-leash. 2. There are many parks/reserves on the proposed prohibited list (Schedule 1) that are not on the MDC A-Z Facilities web page. This suggests to me that these are new facilities and that the 'default' option for council is to prohibit dogs whereas I believe the 'default' option for a genuinely dog-friendly council would be on-leash, then decisions made where dogs can be safely exercised off-lead and where they should be prohibited. These designations should be decided in a rational and logical manner rather than gut-feel based on limited and/or anecdotal evidence. 3. The proposal to increase the dog prohibited space around playgrounds from 3m to 10m seems non-sensical and unworkable. There are 39 playgrounds in the Marlborough area, 25 in Blenheim alone (Source: MDC website). Many of them are in small Reserves/Parks that presently allow dogs on-leash but changing the prohibited distance to 10m will effectively make these facilities prohibited areas or, at the very least, impossible for a law abiding dog owner to navigate! What are they supposed to do if the playground is within 10m of a footpath - cross the road? Please see how confusing this already is - refer attached pics from your website
If you really want to be considered dog-friendly: - rewrite the whole proposed Dog Control Bylaw proposal inc. Schedules 1-3, with the intent to allow dog owners to be accompanied by their best friend, at least on-leash, in as many places in Marlborough as possible - seriously review what areas should be off-leash exercise areas and what areas should be prohibited, with valid rational reasons. If you don't care whether you're seen as dog friendly: - please retain the status quo, forget about the CBD and leave dogs able to go into the parks and reserves they are presently allowed in, plus a reasonable share of the new facilities. - consider whether prohibiting dogs from the Wairau Valley Golf Course, the only park/reserve in the area, and subsequently the Loop Track is fair on local dog owners - reconsider whether the 10m prohibited distance from playgrounds is really workable in the smaller reserves and those close to a road. In the interests of transparency, I would also very much like to see the justification for the changes in the Proposed Dog Control Bylaw that will negatively impact on the ability of dog owners to access many of the facilities that our rates help fund including, but not limited to, Pollard Park and Wairau Valley Golf Course and Recreation Reserve.
Steven Ginders -
Maria MacDonald

Control of dogs in public places
Thank you for opportunity submit on dogs - Taylor River. I thoroughly enjoy and feel energised by walks with my dog along the beautiful meandering river. Its uplifting for people - but especially for dogs. Dogs must socialise with other dogs and humans, open exercise - running, sniffing, fetching, rolling, swimming, walking is imperative to a dog's wellbeing - good health. Dogs off-lease know they have 'earnt' that right and don't want to stuff it up. I think they feel important and responsible. * Those with unruly or timid or dangerous dogs - on-leash * People must pick up excrement - 'doggy'do'. These are the groups to monitor and educate. "Bikers" - learn to share. Sharing is caring. Slow around people/animal groups. Reminders along the route to pick up 'doggy do!? Sometimes an owner innocently hasn't realised the dog has defecated.
Keep the 'off-leash' rule/law as is please. Thank you
Maria MacDonald -
Maria MacDonald

Dog fouling in public places
Thank you for opportunity submit on dogs - Taylor River. I thoroughly enjoy and feel energised by walks with my dog along the beautiful meandering river. Its uplifting for people - but especially for dogs. Dogs must socialise with other dogs and humans, open exercise - running, sniffing, fetching, rolling, swimming, walking is imperative to a dog's wellbeing - good health. Dogs off-lease know they have 'earnt' that right and don't want to stuff it up. I think they feel important and responsible. * Those with unruly or timid or dangerous dogs - on-leash * People must pick up excrement - 'doggy'do'. These are the groups to monitor and educate. "Bikers" - learn to share. Sharing is caring. Slow around people/animal groups. Reminders along the route to pick up 'doggy do!? Sometimes an owner innocently hasn't realised the dog has defecated.
Keep the 'off-leash' rule/law as is please. Thank you
Maria MacDonald -
Maria MacDonald

Dog on leash areas
Thank you for opportunity submit on dogs - Taylor River. I thoroughly enjoy and feel energised by walks with my dog along the beautiful meandering river. Its uplifting for people - but especially for dogs. Dogs must socialise with other dogs and humans, open exercise - running, sniffing, fetching, rolling, swimming, walking is imperative to a dog's wellbeing - good health. Dogs off-lease know they have 'earnt' that right and don't want to stuff it up. I think they feel important and responsible. * Those with unruly or timid or dangerous dogs - on-leash * People must pick up excrement - 'doggy'do'. These are the groups to monitor and educate. "Bikers" - learn to share. Sharing is caring. Slow around people/animal groups. Reminders along the route to pick up 'doggy do!? Sometimes an owner innocently hasn't realised the dog has defecated.
Keep the 'off-leash' rule/law as is please. Thank you
Maria MacDonald -
Maria MacDonald

Dog off leash areas
Thank you for opportunity submit on dogs - Taylor River. I thoroughly enjoy and feel energised by walks with my dog along the beautiful meandering river. Its uplifting for people - but especially for dogs. Dogs must socialise with other dogs and humans, open exercise - running, sniffing, fetching, rolling, swimming, walking is imperative to a dog's wellbeing - good health. Dogs off-lease know they have 'earnt' that right and don't want to stuff it up. I think they feel important and responsible. * Those with unruly or timid or dangerous dogs - on-leash * People must pick up excrement - 'doggy'do'. These are the groups to monitor and educate. "Bikers" - learn to share. Sharing is caring. Slow around people/animal groups. Reminders along the route to pick up 'doggy do!? Sometimes an owner innocently hasn't realised the dog has defecated.
Keep the 'off-leash' rule/law as is please. Thank you
Maria MacDonald -
Anneke Kersley

Control of dogs in public places
Oppose in full. Dogs should be allowed off the leash along the Taylor river
Oppose
Anneke Kersley -
Marie-Isabelle Devault

Dog on leash areas
I oppose the change in the proposed Dog Control Bylaw regarding the use of the Taylor River for exercising dogs - please DO NOT change it so the dogs can only be on leash between the Burleigh Bridge and town. Dogs love running free - socialising and swimming. It is the only safe pathway for elderly people or users with mobility issues that like exercising their dogs. Fast people on bikes are the problem - bells should be compulsory and a speed limit as well. I saw over lock down how important this stretch of the river was, a life save for many of us. Especially people living alone.
Please let the dogs run free. Slow the bikes down and compulsory bells on them so we can all enjoy the river in a safe manner.
Marie-Isabelle Devault -
Marie-Isabelle Devault

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the change in the proposed Dog Control Bylaw regarding the use of the Taylor River for exercising dogs - please DO NOT change it so the dogs can only be on leash between the Burleigh Bridge and town. Dogs love running free - socialising and swimming. It is the only safe pathway for elderly people or users with mobility issues that like exercising their dogs. Fast people on bikes are the problem - bells should be compulsory and a speed limit as well. I saw over lock down how important this stretch of the river was, a life save for many of us. Especially people living alone.
Please let the dogs run free. Slow the bikes down and compulsory bells on them so we can all enjoy the river in a safe manner.
Marie-Isabelle Devault -
Chris Beech

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposal that dogs be permitted on-leash only in the Taylor River reserve from Burleigh bridge to Hutchison Street bridge. Well-controlled and socialised dogs are not an issue along the length of the Taylor, both true left and true right, from Meadowbank bridge down to Hutchison Street bridge. A maximum speed limit on cyclists of 15 km p/h from Burleigh bridge downstream would be much more appropriate, as inconsiderate riders in this section of the river reserve create risk to dogs, pedestrians and other cyclists.
1. As above, dogs allowed off-leash in the areas of the Taylor as covered under the existing legislation 2. Maximum speed limit of 15 kph for cyclists between Burleigh bridge and Hutchison Street so that other users and dogs can enjoy the freedom of this area with minimum risk
Chris Beech -
Chris Beech

Dog on leash areas
I submit that the existing right to have dogs on-leash in part of Pollard Park should continue. This is a beautiful area for people to walk their dogs, particularly for those dog owners who may be less agile or feel threatened by cyclists and free-running dogs in the more-confined parts of the Taylor river reserve
That the existing right to walk dogs on-leash in part of Pollard Park be preserved.
Chris Beech -
Chris Beech

Dog prohibited areas
I strongly oppose having dogs in the CBD. Even well-behaved dogs can upset many members of the public: they may be over-friendly, or unsettle the very young or the elderly when they 'invade' their space on the footpath. Furthermore, while the majority of dog-owners pick up excrement deposited by their dog, they cannot do the same after a dog urinates.
No dogs in the CBD
Chris Beech -
Malcolm Anderson

Control of dogs in public places
See attached
Malcolm Anderson -
Malcolm Anderson

Cyclists exercising dogs
See attached
Malcolm Anderson -
Malcolm Anderson


M Anderson.pdf
Dog off leash areas
See attached
Malcolm Anderson -
Lucy MacGregor

Dog off leash areas
I oppose your bylaw. It discriminates against the less agile and senior citizens of which category I fit well into. I walk my dog along the Taylor River - not off the leash till well out in the grass area most days for the past 9 years. I find the walkway no longer a plesant stroll NOT because of unleashed happy dogs but the 'WE OWN ALL' cyclists. Some days 30 or more in groups, electric bikes and some pedal, speeding along. When did a walkway suddenly become a speed track road? I agree 100% with Mayor Leggett, Russell Montgomery and also Mia Yealands. Leave well alone.
Is to look before you leap - think long and hard - above all be fair - check the length of the retractible leash. Just picture that tangle - dogs, people, cyclists!
Lucy MacGregor -
Denise McIlroy

Dog off leash areas
I oppose in part the proposed Dog Control Bylaw because: 1. i enjoy the areas along the Taylor River Reserve that allow me to let my dog off-leash that are available under the current bylaw. It allows me to vary the area i walk, run and swim my dog so that it always seems new to her each time we go. 2. The choice of path (concrete footpath or grass) to walk on is excellent and means that all dog owners (fit, able and disabled/handicapped) can still exercise their dogs easily off-leash. 3. The current off-leash area allows all dog owners to easily access the area. This is due to the central position (it is within a walking time of approximately 20 minutes from anywhere within the town boundary). 4. I have never seen any incidents or close incidents of disruptive behaviour by dog owners or dogs in the times I have used the off-leash areas of the Taylor River Reserve. 5. I have seen more incidents of cyclists racing along the paths expecting walkers to get out of their way without giving the walkers any indication that they are there. 6. Changes to the current bylaw to limit the off-leash area to south of the Burleigh Bridge will make it harder for dog owners that do not have the resources (eg, own a car to travel to that area) to exercise their dogs off-leash.
that the Council leaves the Taylor Reserve off-leash areas as they stand.
Denise McIlroy -
Denise McIlroy


D McIlroy.pdf
Dog off leash areas
As attached
Denise McIlroy -
Gemma and Walter Amsler

Dog on leash areas
We oppose the new proposal of dogs to be on leashes down the Taylor River. We take our dog and children to this location regularly and really enjoy that our dog can run around and meet other dogs free. Being on leashes can bring out protective behaviour in dogs. Another issue would be that we would then have to walk further up the river where the chilean needle grass is, that can lead to harm in dogs. We would like that you could take your dog on a leash through town too.
Not to go ahead with proposed dogs on leashes down Taylor River.
Gemma and Walter Amsler -
Gemma and Walter Amsler

Dog off leash areas
We oppose the new proposal of dogs to be on leashes down the Taylor River. We take our dog and children to this location regularly and really enjoy that our dog can run around and meet other dogs free. Being on leashes can bring out protective behaviour in dogs. Another issue would be that we would then have to walk further up the river where the chilean needle grass is, that can lead to harm in dogs. We would like that you could take your dog on a leash through town too.
Not to go ahead with proposed dogs on leashes down Taylor River.
Gemma and Walter Amsler -
Cheryl Nevill

Dog prohibited areas
We do not want dogs in the CBD please.
Cheryl Nevill -
Mary-Anne Landon-Lane

Control of dogs in public places
Question - Why is it compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped? As well as having to be registered? And now you are asking for all dogs to be wearing their registration tags.
Mary-Anne Landon-Lane -
Mary-Anne Landon-Lane

Cyclists exercising dogs
Question - Why is it compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped? As well as having to be registered? And now you are asking for all dogs to be wearing their registration tags.
Mary-Anne Landon-Lane -
Mary-Anne Landon-Lane

Dog prohibited areas
Question - Why is it compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped? As well as having to be registered? And now you are asking for all dogs to be wearing their registration tags.
Mary-Anne Landon-Lane -
Mary-Anne Landon-Lane

Dog on leash areas
Question - Why is it compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped? As well as having to be registered? And now you are asking for all dogs to be wearing their registration tags.
Mary-Anne Landon-Lane -
Mary-Anne Landon-Lane

Dog off leash areas
Question - Why is it compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped? As well as having to be registered? And now you are asking for all dogs to be wearing their registration tags.
Mary-Anne Landon-Lane -
Mary-Anne Landon-Lane


- Anne-Marie Landon-Lane.pdf
Wearing or display of current registration tags
Question - Why is it compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped? As well as having to be registered? And now you are asking for all dogs to be wearing their registration tags.
Mary-Anne Landon-Lane -
Rosanne Marsden
Travel Managers Group
Dog off leash areas
The Taylor River was once an unpleasant wilderness which was rarely used. Today it is a wonderful recreational area enjoyed by a large cross section of our community and visitors to town. It is a delight to see dogs running unleashed, diving in the river, sniffing around and generally letting of steam. It has worked well for all users under the current Bylaws and I see no reason to spoil the enjoyment of many for the sake of a very small minority. If I have a concern it is the speed of some cyclists and the lack of a bell-on-bike to signal their arrival
NO changes necessary, the current policy works well
Rosanne Marsden - Travel Managers Group
Beverley Handley

Dog prohibited areas
I strongly oppose the banning of dogs from the Pollard Park area. I have been exercising my dog around the park area on almost a daily basis for the past 3 years or so after relocating back to the area. As I live only 3-4 mins away from the park I would be very upset if that could no longer continue and in the warmer months we are thanful for the mature trees as they give relief from the heat. I know many older people drive to the park bringing their canine companion, both enjoying the beautiful area around the park. I have never heard of any complaints from the public about dogs in this area, especially as on the whole all dogs are on-leash. Please don't take this area away from responsible dog owners. Thanks you, Bev Handley
To please consider the ban on all dogs from the Pollard Park area. Instead making it an on-leash at all times, or stating certain hours the park can be used for dog exercise. Prohibiting only from the playground area. Don't punish the responsible dog owners and their canine friends from this much loved park, especially as Council is considering a proposed change to allow dogs into the Blenheim CBD area - does not make sense. Thanks you, Bev Handley
Beverley Handley -
Lavina Diamanti

Dog off leash areas
I support the proposed changes to the bylaw requiring dogs on the Taylor river reserve in the proposed designated areas to be on leash only. By provided two distinct areas, one for on leash and one for off lease it gives users a choice which we currently don't have. I regularly walk my dogs on the Taylor River reserve and always exercise them on lead. By doing this I have them fully under control and can choose which dogs I am happy for them to interact with and can identify if they have gone to the toilet so I can clean up after them. Unfortunately, not all dog owners have the same respect and this is a constant cause of frustration.
Change the by law to on lease and off leash areas as proposed.
Lavina Diamanti -
Lavina Diamanti

Dog parks
Some would argue that we have the Taylor River reserve so don't need a dog park. There are difference between the two however. As previously submitted I don't exercise my dogs off leash down the Taylor River. My reason for this is because it is not a confined area the risks are too great. There is access to busy roads and you have no control over what other dogs are being exercised in the area. Dog parks allow choices that aren't available in an open river reserve. When visiting other towns and cities I am often amazed at the facilities that have been made available for dog loving families. Marlborough unfortunately has been slow to follow suit.
Expediate the plans to build a dog park in the Blenheim area.
Lavina Diamanti -
Lavina Diamanti

Fees and charges
As a breeder, exhibitor and judge of pedigree dogs I am a strong supporter of education of dog owners. The better educated our dog owners are the better our relationships in the community. MDC currently rewards owners who de-sex their dogs by offering a reduced fee and also a reduced fee for elderly dogs but I believe we can take it further than that. A reduced fee for Dogs New Zealand members and a similar for those who have completed Dogs NZ approved Canine Good Citizen courses helps with the education and support for our responsible owners.
Add a further tier of fee discounts to 1. Dogs NZ financial members and 2. Canine Good Citizen graduates. Furthermore, I would like to see MDC work with Dog Training Marlborough in running and supporting these CGC courses.
Lavina Diamanti -
Larry Everest

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed change to having dogs on leads along the Taylor River. Cyclists have many cycleways and biking tracks to ride where as areas which allow dogs to run free are very limited. There could be an option to allow cyclists one side of the river and dogs of leash on the other, rather than simply ban this leash free area. Surely cyclists getting past walkers with their dogs on leads will be a bigger problem than if the dogs is not on a lead, especially an expandable lead.
Leave this area unleashed
Larry Everest -
DAVID pACEY

Control of dogs in public places
I would like to address the dog access to public places of the proposed dog control bylaw. One of the sub issues of this reason is CONFLICT OF USERS. On viewing the many electronic submissions the majority are from dog walkers with issues with cyclists along the Taylor river reserve. Being a dog walker myself I have been abused by some of these cyclists a number of times for not getting out of their way while walking my dogs on & off leash using the formed walkway along the Taylor river reserve. I have stayed away from the formed walkway for the last three years and walk a considerable distance from it to avoid cyclists, for that was when I was abused last. It is not all cyclists that do this just a few like the few dog owners that do not pick up their dog faeces and dispose in the proper manner. Responsible dog owners pay for the privilege through dog registration, micro chipping, neutering to use the Taylor river reserve as well as all other on & off leash public areas throughout Marlborough. Cyclists do not have to pay anything and can get away with abusing people because they are hard to identify. MDC staff have identified a conflict between users hence the sub issue there obviously is one between dog walkers and cyclists on the Taylor river reserve what has been done about this. I do not support the proposed bylaw changes for Marlborough especially on leash for the Taylor river reserve.
The status quo should remain with dogs being off leash for the whole of the Taylor river reserve to the Alfred Street bridge. Introduce more on & off leash areas throughout Marlborough in public places then there will be know need to spend money on a specific dog park in the Blenheim region, this money could then be used by the MDC & dog control to be more proactive in education, patrolling & more signage throughout Marlborough especially the Taylor river reserve.
DAVID pACEY -
Anna Paterson

Dog off leash areas
As regular users of the Taylor River Reserve our family strongly opposes the proposed change to the dog off leash areas. Having walked, run and cycled, both with and without a dog along the river over many years, we have never experienced any issues created by dogs off leash. The accessibility of this off leash space is a real asset for local dog owners, providing an ideal place for dogs to swim, socialise and burn off energy while their owners also exercise. Walking dogs on leash is not relaxing and the proposed off leash areas could create a disincentive to walking, resulting in increased barking and antisocial behaviour from dogs through lack of exercise. If dog poo is an issue, then better to look at increasing the number of bags and bins along the popular routes.
No change to the current off leash area along the Taylor River Reserve
Anna Paterson -
Autumn Faulkner
Blenheim Business Association

Dogs.pdf
Dog on leash areas
As per the attached.
The BBA supports the reclassification of the Central Business District as a dog on leash area. The BBA does not support the increase of the exclusion zone around playground equipment to 10m.
Autumn Faulkner - Blenheim Business Association
Jan Brayshaw

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the changes to the off-leash areas along the Taylor River. I have 2 energetic dogs so walk to the reserve and along the riverbanks twice a day, every day, come rain or shine. As beautiful as it is, I do vary my walk and don't always want to go down the west side of the river! Many eloquent submissions have already been made, and I agree with the following points: (1) it is a wonderful area for all groups to use, whether on bikes, mobility scooters, with dogs and/or young children, and it is better to promote consideration and awareness rather than bring in more rules (and it was a more friendly place during lockdown, as it was spacious enough to allow groups to pass or to walk at a distance and chat for a while); (2) the changes are unlikely to change the amount of dog poo that isn't picked up, but adding bag dispensers and bins at Purkiss St, Rogers St and Leitrim St might; (3) cyclists often speed past without warning, or feel the need to stick to the path despite riding a sturdy mountainbike, whereas they could slow down, call out "coming by on your right", or even cycle on the grass for a few metres (as I do when cycling with my kids and/or dogs). If bells were compulsory, cyclists may feel less inhibited to just ring them as they approach walkers. It also may be appropriate to introduce a 'driving test' for e-bikes, as I often feel the (generally older) cyclists are going much faster than they would on normal pedal bikes, but they have slower reaction times and therefore less control, making it more risky for all users. However well-controlled my dogs may be, they can occasionally rush out of the undergrowth without hearing/seeing an oncoming bike (especially if the wind is blowing the other way), and we all need to be aware of other users of this amazing area.
Do not change the off-leash areas along the Taylor River.
Jan Brayshaw -
Judith Batty

Dog off leash areas
Dogs: Taylor River Area I am a cyclist, walker and sometimes dog walker ( but not an owner) so have observed from all aspects. Would like to make the following points: 1. Concentrating unleashed dogs in one area, such as east of Raupo, would be rather silly. Better to have them spread throughout the district. 2. Dog poo and behaviour has never been a problem with me. Human behaviour has. 3. Cyclists do seem to be the problem, travelling too fast past people, dogs and children. 4. It is common sense to slow right down when approaching dogs, children and pedestrians. Some cyclists do not seem to have the brains to do this. 5. Restricting dog off leash exercise areas would no doubt mean less exercise for some dogs and thefore more unhappy dogs. 6. There is nothing wrong with skirting around walkers by biking on the grassed area, if there is smooth transition from concrete to grass. It is so easy for pedestrians to take a pace to the right and be instantly impacted by a cyclist. 7. Owners walking dogs are very social and their dogs love to have a play with other dogs. They need to be social too.
Leave things as they are. Cyclists could 'create' their own track alongside walkway as has been done in polo area and all for free!!
Judith Batty -
Judith Batty

Dog on leash areas
Pollard Park * Never see dog poo here and dogs' owners are always in close proximity. * Do see human excrement, toilet paper and general human generated rubbish. * Cats do roam this area. A beautiful park which should have maximum use by all - if you ban dogs their owners won't use the park so you halve your visitors to the area. * Of course, dogs should be kept away from the children's play area. * If people are worried about dogs - let's get rid of the ducks and cats as well!
Judith Batty -
Judith Batty

Dog parks
Bad idea to have a dog park - it would have to be large enough (and more than one) within an easy travelling distance. Why would you concentrate a lot of loose, running around dogs. Better to have them spread over a wide area as can be done now. * Can't believe you would prefer dogs in town, whereas you are wanting to ban them from a public park!!!!
Judith Batty -
Karen Tilley

Dog parks
Dog parks can be useful for people who are visitors to the area and so don't know good dog walking places. I have visited the Renwick dog park 3 times since August, not having been there previously. It's a bit sterile and lacking interest for dogs and people, not the social experience that I enjoy when walking my dog. Also, it requires a fairly lengthy car journey from Blenheim, and this creates a small impact on transport, roads, and climate change.
I understand that funds have been allocated for a dog park in Blenheim, near the Resource Centre and Taylor River. Please go ahead with this, as it will suit some people and their dogs. Would I use it? No.
Karen Tilley -
Karen Tilley

Fees and charges
Do not increase the fees, as this could be a barrier to people keeping their pet. I would also support creating a fund that people could donate to, to help support low income people to afford the fee. I'm thinking of some of our elderly citizens here.
I agree with Council's plan - do not raise the fees for dog ownership.
Karen Tilley -
Karen Tilley

Dog prohibited areas
Dogs should be allowed on lead in Pollard Park. This is a public amenity that is near to homes of many older people, and by not allowing people to walk their dog here, it creates a barrier to a simple social activity for both the person and the dog. Forcing people to drive to a dog walking location will inevitably mean fewer walks, which can affect a person's health as well as the dog's wellbeing. Dogs near children's playgrounds - I see a number of parents exercising with their children and their dog. Restricting dogs from 10m of a children's play area may be a barrier to the joint trip out. I would suggest 5m, rather than 10m as an appropriate distance.
Continue to allow dogs to be walked on lead in Pollard Park. Change prohibition of dogs near children's play areas to 5m, not 10m.
Karen Tilley -
Karen Tilley

Dog on leash areas
I strongly oppose the proposal to limit dogs to on lead only for much of the Taylor River Reserve up to the Burleigh Bridge. For me, one of the very best things about Blenheim is this exceptional reserve, and the pleasure that I get from the near daily social activity of walking my dog here. Meeting new people, meeting up with friends and dog walking acquaintances, watching the dogs play together on the grass areas and sometimes in the water. If I had to go to Wither Road area of the Taylor, I would be forced to drive there, and I wouldn't. The far side of the Taylor between Burleigh bridge and Doctors Creek is full of rabbit holes, and not ideal for exercising dogs. It also would require a car trip. At a time when local councils should be encouraging Living Streets, walking, biking and limiting the necessity of car transport, this is a backward step.
Keep the Taylor River Reserve as a social dog walking amenity, with dogs off lead and under owner control. I support dogs on lead in Blenheim town, as it works well in Picton. It may even lead to an increase in economic activity as other cafes (Raupo and BV-Karaka) can benefit from owners spending time there.
Karen Tilley -
Karen Tilley

Dog off leash areas
I appreciate that the Council has tried to identify pockets of dogs off leash areas in different neighbourhoods around Marlborough. Marshall Place Reserve near my home is one such place, and takes about 5 minutes to walk around. Other dog friendly reserves are even smaller. Dogs, and their people need a bit longer walk than that! My districtwide suggestion is for dogs to be under control, yes to on leash while on footpaths and roads, and in town centres. I also appreciate that some people do not like dogs, and owners must be aware and keep their dogs under control. I don't like large diesel SUVs, but public opinion says they have a place in society. Times have changed and dogs in Aotearoa have left the farm and become companions and a member of many people's family. Marlborough Council's task for Dog Policy for the next 10 years is to reflect this change and respond to promoting the social wellbeing of its citizens and their dogs.
I oppose limiting dog off leash areas to those outlined in the proposals. Keep the Taylor River as off leash. Also Snout track and Tirohanga track in the Picton area - dogs under control, but off leash.
Karen Tilley -
Karen Tilley

Dog fouling in public places
It would be very useful to have a dog poo bin at either end of the Marshall Place Reserve - either Marshall Place or Snowden/Boathouse Theatre end. Is there a mechanism for making these suggestions as to bin placements?
It would be very useful to have a dog poo bin at either end of the Marshall Place Reserve - either Marshall Place or Snowden/Boathouse Theatre end.
Karen Tilley -
Karen Tilley

Other
Education, support of training classes will help owners and youngsters unfamiliar with dogs to understand their behaviour, and to have a happy, obedient dog.
Continue to provide education and training.
Karen Tilley -
Ann Lindfield

Dog off leash areas
We are opposed to the changes for the off leash area proposed for the Taylor river. For the last eight years as a family we have walked and biked the Taylor river and have never experienced any problems. We have been dog owners for the last year and there are few places you can exercise your dogs off leash or have the opportunity to bike with your dog. A more appropriate change to the Taylor river would be to impose a speed limit on bikes!
Keep the Taylor river reserve as an off leash area
Ann Lindfield -
Control of dogs in public places
Refer to attached
- Keep distance of dogs from playgrounds at 3m - Keep the entire Taylor River off leash - Allow dogs in Pollard Park off leash and on leash for the golf course. - Keep dogs off leash at Ward Beach - Allow dogs in the CBD of Blenheim & ability to walk dogs on leash through athletic park to access the river
joel Nicklin -
Maryann James

Dog prohibited areas
I do not support prohibiting dogs from Pollard Park. I think a dog on leash policy should be applied to Pollard Park. The walking route through the park from McLauchlan Street in Springlands to Parker Street (and then on to Taylor River Reserve ) is a large part of the connectivity of walkways the council has provided. It is well used by dog owners and dog walkers and would seem to be shortsighted to limit the use of the council provided facilities.
I would like a dog on leash policy applied to Pollard Park.
Maryann James -
Control of dogs in public places
Refer to attached file
- Keep distance of dogs from playgrounds at 3m - Keep the entire Taylor River off leash - Allow dogs in Pollard Park off leash and on leash for the golf course. - Keep dogs off leash at Ward Beach - Allow dogs in the CBD of Blenheim & ability to walk dogs on leash through athletic park to access the river
Colin O'Brien -
Joanne Smith

Dog prohibited areas
Absolutely no dogs in the CBD. The centre of town is no place for dogs. Not everyone likes dogs or feels comfortable around dogs, even ones on a leash. As we move more into the summer months there will be more and more people around town, and it would become very difficult to avoid dogs. They will still try to come up and sniff you even on a leash. This is very frightening for some people, and there may not be enough room to move away from them easily. Allowing dogs into the centre of town will be very unhygienic. unfortunately not all owners will pick up after their dogs and inevitably there will be dog poo walked into the concrete and shops. What happens when that occurs? Who will clean that mess up? Dogs will urinate against shops and on the concrete and with summer school holidays coming up more children are likely to be about, playing in these areas. Flies are also more prevalent in summer. Then there is the noise. Dogs barking all the time is very annoying, especially when people are sitting outside enjoying a meal or coffee. Town is no place for dogs. There are other places for people to enjoy being with their dogs. Town is not that place.
No to dogs being allowed in the CBD.
Joanne Smith -
Sandra Van Hensbergen

Dog off leash areas
Keep the Taylor River reserve park off leash. This is the only park in Blenheim where a lot of people can exercise their dogs. This includes older people and people with disabilities.
Keep the Taylor River reserve park off leash.
Sandra Van Hensbergen -
Thomas Powell

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed Dog Control Bylaw with respect to changes to the off-leash areas along the Taylor River Reserve. I am a retired, regular dog walker in the Taylor River Reserve between the Monro St. car park and the Burleigh Bridge on Alabama Rd. My comments concern this area of the proposed bylaw change. My reasons for opposition are as follows: 1. I do not see the need to allow off-lead access only on the west side of the Taylor River between the Burleigh and Doctors Creek Bridge. I have not witnessed any more-than-minor health and safety incidents in the past year of dog walking on the east side of the river, and therefore do not understand the need to change this area to on-leash only access. 2. For me, the most serious health and safety issue with walking a dog on the east side of the river in this area concerns the interaction between cyclists and pedestrians. Cyclists on the foot path can pass pedestrians at a good speed and rarely warn pedestrians of their presence. Signage that requests cyclists ring their bell to warn pedestrians of their presence would go a long way toward making the area safer for pedestrians. Cyclists already know to avoid dogs, because they can act unpredictably. 3. Walking a pet dog off-leash is an enjoyable and healthy activity for both pet and owner. Requiring dogs be on lead would give dogs less exercise and allow less socialization between dogs and people, which is important in raising well-adjusted and non-aggressive dogs. 4. There is limited access to the proposed off-leash area on the west side of the Taylor River between the Burleigh and Doctors Creek bridges. In summer months, getting to the west side of the river is an easy cross of the dry river bed. During the rainy months, however, there are no dry crossings between the two bridges. Since I walk from my home on Maxwell Road to the Reserve at Rogers St., I would need to walk to either of these two bridges to access the west bank in order to take my dog off lead, or drive to one of the parking lots near these bridges. This would decrease the ease and incentive for me to use the reserve for dog (and human) exercise. Would the council be willing to put in a footbridge across the river somewhere between the Burleigh and Doctors Creek bridges? 5. A number of my fellow dog walkers use some sort of walking assistance, such as a Zima frame or a scooter. Being nearly 70, I will likely become one of these people in the near future. The path on the west side of the river is rough and un-improved, and not suitable for people who need walking assistance. I fear that should this bylaw come to pass, these people would not be able to walk their dogs off lead in the Taylor Reserve at all. Would the council be willing to pave a path on the west side of the river to accommodate these people?
I seek a decision by Council to reject the proposed dog bylaw changes concerning on-leash restrictions for the Taylor Reserve between the Burleigh and Doctors Creek bridges.
Thomas Powell -
Thomas Powell

Dog on leash areas
I oppose the provision of the proposed bylaw that would allow dogs into the Blenheim CBD. Dogs foul the area they are using. Even the best intensions and equipment can't clean up all the mess. Runny poo and urine are impractical to clean up completely. This is little problem in the reserve because it is a vegetated environment, where these materials are absorbed by the soil. The streets and sidewalks of downtown Blenheim are another matter. I would prefer not to have the downtown area smelling of dog poo and urine. And, I see no reason or purpose in being able to walk my dog into the downtown area - it is not a "dog friendly" environment. Assistance dogs are already allowed. There is no need for pets to be allowed.
I seek the Council to decide to reject the provision of the proposed bylaw that would allow pet dogs into the Blenheim CBD.
Thomas Powell -
Caryssa O'Brien


DOg Law.docx
Dog off leash areas
The dog control act states... 1 2 3... The new bylaw contradicts this and there are no justified grounds for the proposed changes. Please see attached
- Keep distance of dogs from playgrounds at 3m - Keep the entire Taylor River off leash - Allow dogs in Pollard Park off leash and on leash for the golf course. - Keep dogs off leash at Ward Beach - Allow dogs in the CBD of Blenheim & ability to walk dogs on leash through athletic park to access the river
Caryssa O'Brien -
Susie Grigg

Dog on leash areas
I OPPOSE the change to On-leash policy for the Taylor River Reserve
To allow the Taylor river reserve to remain as an area where dogs can run be exercised off leash as it is a real asset to the community
Susie Grigg -
Emma Dewhirst


DOg Law.docx
Dog off leash areas
Please see attached dog submission.
- Keep distance of dogs from playgrounds at 3m - Keep the entire Taylor River off leash - Allow dogs in Pollard Park off leash and on leash for the golf course. - Keep dogs off leash at Ward Beach - Allow dogs in the CBD of Blenheim & ability to walk dogs on leash through athletic park to access the river
Emma Dewhirst -
Leandra Robinson

Dog prohibited areas
I oppose Pollard Park becoming an area where dogs are excluded. I have lived one block from Pollard Park for over 30 years and regularly walk my dog through the park. In all this time I have never seen a negative incidence involving a dog, in fact I find it quite the opposite where dog owners stop to chat and children and parents often ask to pat my dog (providing an opportunity for families without dogs to learn how to interact safely). Pollard Park is such a wonderful community asset so beautifully maintained by our council gardeners, the use of this area should be encouraged and by excluding dog owners you will reduce the use of the park. My unscientific observations would be that the park is mainly used by three groups of people. Parents and caregivers using the play areas, walkers and dog walkers. Do you risk reducing the number of people regularly enjoying the park by a third if the bylaw is changed? I very much doubt you will offset this decrease with people who dislike dogs deciding to regularly use the park. I am unaware of any cases of harm occurring within the park by dogs being walked on-leash. I would support more signage reminding dog owners that their dogs do need to be leashed at all times. It is very unusual to see dog waste not picked up.
The continuation of dogs being allowed on-leash in Pollard Park. The exclusion zone around the children's play area be maintained or increased if deemed necessary.
Leandra Robinson -
Leandra Robinson

Dog prohibited areas
Whilst I personally have no problem with dogs being in the CBD, if Council is looking to have dog free areas then the CBD should be one of them.
Dogs continue to be prohibited from Blenheim CBD.
Leandra Robinson -
Ann Vallance

Dog off leash areas
I totally oppose the idea of requiring dogs to be on leashes along the Taylor River. I have been walking dogs along the Taylor River for nearly 30 years and long before there was a formed footpath. I have rarely seen any issues what so ever. The Taylor River is the ideal place to exercise both dogs and humans, leave well alone! If fouling is the issue then some of the worst offenders are those riding bikes with dogs running behind! May be more bins for doggy doos?
Let dog owners continue to enjoy exercising their dogs off leash along the Taylor River.
Ann Vallance -
Matthew Montgomery

Dog off leash areas
The entire Taylor River walkway/cycleway/dog-walking way is in my view working extremely well for all concerned. In life there is seldom a perfect solution that suits every single person or situation. Co-operation, working together and education is way better than dictatorship. The Eltham road cycleway has at large expense done little to change habits and so the Taylor river continues to be a lovely cycleway for the children of Blenheim to get to school, and so it should. Families, people, young and old enjoy walking the banks and paths of the Taylor river to town and visit friends/cafes and town. Dogs and their owners have embraced the freedom of the walkway which brings huge enjoyment to both fidos and owners. To restrict this very accessible central area and concentrate off-leash animals into a much smaller area will be detrimental to the health and happiness of both dogs and owners. Of course there will always be the odd disagreement or pooch poo not picked up, but disappointment is part of life is it not? Just as happiness of is another part of the same equation. Its the happiness bit of seeing everybody (including off-leash dogs) use the facility for the greater good that I prefer to focus on. The Taylor River is a health tonic for everybody, their cycle and their dog. Don't take it away for some.
Leave things as they are.
Matthew Montgomery -
Rose Harrison

Dog off leash areas
Myself and fellow dog walkers at the Taylor River Reserve have gathered a 600+ signature petition strongly opposing the proposal to make the majority of the Reserve on-leash only. The petition will be delivered to Council today. The public statements of the Committee appear to justify this proposal by penalising the majority of dog owners for the actions of a few. In 14 years of exercising my dog(s) at Taylor River I have only heard about two aggressive encounters - one where a cyclist punched a woman after kicking her small dog and the other where a young motorcyclist broke a man's nose after he asked the rider to be careful around his aged dog. I have heard other horror stories but do not have first hand accounts. As for not picking up after your dog, I suggest to you that making dogs on-leash will not solve that problem. There will always be people who "ignore" their dog's poo however the majority of dog owners are responsible and do pick up after their pooches. I also pick up glass and plastic rubbish that humans leave at the park. The best way to change any bad behaviour is with education. If dogs being out of control is such a big issue (which I doubt) I would like the Committee to consider incentivising dog owners to complete a dog training course with the reward of a discount off dog registration fees. Other councils reward Responsible Dog Owners (RDO's) and I think it would be a very good development here. Also, other councils of a similar sized population to Marlborough have many more off-leash areas for dogs.
Do not reduce the off-leash area at Taylor River Reserve.
Rose Harrison -
Phillip Rayner

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the change to dog off lease areas in particular to the Taylor River area, instead dog owners should be encouraged to properly train the dog and that it be under control
That the status quo for off leash areas is maintained
Phillip Rayner -
Phillip Rayner

Dog prohibited areas
That dogs not be permitted in the CBD area
That the status quo be maintained
Phillip Rayner -
Other
See submission attached on fees & charges, neutering dogs, dog prohibited areas, prevention of public nuisance, wearing and display of current registration tags plus education.
To approve the new Policy and Bylaw documents after reviewing and amending some sections to provide consistency across both.
Mike & Pam Stoneley -
Margaret Cooney

Control of dogs in public places
I support the proposed changes. I live near the river path and walk on it every day, I also regularly take my daughter down to the pump track to ride her bike. While most dog owners are great there are still too many who let their dogs off the lead and don't have control over them. A number of times I have seen dogs running through the pump track nearly taking out little kids. Even more frequently I have seen dogs fouling and their owners not picking their mess up because they have the dog off the leash and they can pretend not to have noticed...... it's so ridiculously common, this is particularly disgusting when they foul on the pump track. It's much harder to avoid responsibility for a dog's business if they are on a leash. I think the proposed solution strikes a nice balance in providing an area where dogs are free to run on the western side of the river path and ensuring that they are under control on the rest of it.
Pass the proposed changes.
Margaret Cooney -
Samantha Forrest

Control of dogs in public places
Support the continued off lead area for dogs along all parts of Taylor River and increase user education that off lead means the dog is under control and within eye sight so that if a dog fouls it is always picked up. Increase education that cyclists and e-bikes need to control speed on shared use paths and that walkers should take precedence over bikers and dogs on the shared path.
Continue status quo of dogs off lead along Taylor River but increase education for all users.
Samantha Forrest -
Samantha Forrest

Control of dogs in public places
Provide a dog walking area along the base of the Wither Hills that links Taylor River Reserve and Sutherland Stream providing a connected network around Blenheim. Investigate a fenced accessway along the Wither Hills that mitigates dog interaction with farm stock and disease spread.
Provide a dog walking area along the base of Wither Hills that links Taylor River Reserve and Sutherland Stream
Samantha Forrest -
Philip Sim

Control of dogs in public places
I support Memorial Park Entranceway being a dog prohibited area. To access Memorial Park to continue from Surrey Street only which is only a few meters away. There are safety issues with other users when using Memorial Park Entranceway and there also is grass and gardens in that area. Port Marlborough have a policy that dogs must be kept on a leash and under proper control. However many dogs are off leash throughout the Marina and needs more and better enforcement from both Port Marlborough and Animal Control. I support Shelly Beach Reserve grassed area and adjacent beach being a dog prohibited areas as it is used by people having a picnic and swimming also. There are no signs informing the public of this as two posts have been removed. The track area past the Queen Charlotte Yacht Club and leading to Bobs Bay Reserve is available for dog's provided they are on-leash. Endeavour Park to remain dog prohibited area, however as there is a walking path starting from Waikawa Road through the carpark up to the Victoria Domain walking tracks, many dogs are off -leash and do go onto the park. The entrance way at Endeavour Heights Reserve to Endeavour Park is used by dog walkers to access tracks and therefore are using the park which is a dog prohibited area. There also is an issue that the carpark neat the Pavilion has dogs running around freely when owners let their dogs out of their vehicles and some have gone onto the park too. Therefore I support a ban of dogs in that carpark and to use lower carpark. The signs need changing to dog on-leash on the path next to Joseph Sullivan Drive and owner and dog needs to take the direct route and cannot stop within the park. Many dog owners are unaware of where on-leash and off-leash areas are in Victoria Domain and the tracks therefore MDC needs to take a better management of this.
Public awareness and education by media releases both social and newspaper, more signs showing Dogs must be on-leash at marina, sign at Memorial Park Entranceway, no entrance for dogs. New signs to replace the ones taken down at Shelly Beach and another one just past Queen Charlotte Yacht Club about dogs on-leash. Needs improvement on existing signs at Endeavour Park and more enforcement of responsibilities. No parking at upper carpark for dogs to runaround carpark and onto the park. Endeavour Heights Reserve to change from dog off-leash to dog on-leash. An all weather track along side Endeavour Park on the Endeavour Heights Reserve side. Retain designated MTB Trails no dogs permitted.
Philip Sim -
Philip Sim

Dog prohibited areas
The designated mountain biking tracks on Victoria Domain as confirmed by MDC, dogs are prohibited and I support that. There are 14 MTB Trails, some one way, intermediate and advanced. A lot of the trails are narrow, only room for one bike in some places, steep cliff drops, blind corners, exposed areas to the sea, some cross over shared or walking tracks, and challenging in wet muddy conditions. It was originally designed for mountain biking most of the tracks are narrow with visibility issues, some are steep downhill. It is important for the safety of bikers, therefore it should remain to be designated mountain biking tracks only must remain, along with dogs prohibited. Replacement of the signs either damaged or removed should happen now to prevent confusion of users. It is unknown why these signs of both no dog and biking is removed. There is a growing number of bikes being sold and more biking on those tracks from both locals and visitors therefore by allowing them be shared tracks the MDC will not be able to guarantee the safety and be too dangerous. it's making sure there's no confusion on users of the designated MB tracks as by not replacing those signs MDC have allowed the problems to increase. A lot of tracks have cross over places with either walking or shared tracks which has created different users being on all tracks. The MDC policy has a responsibility where there is a risk of designated users bikers sharing when other users not permitted, the safety as there are insufficient sight lines to see any dogs off leash. The sign at the junction of Kanuka MTB Trail and Snout Track near the end is misleading and confusion, as it states walkers must give way. This means walkers with dogs can return back via the MTB Trail so needs a no dog sign.
All MTB Trails to reman designated MB only and dogs prohibited. They have always been MTB Trails and were designed for that purpose. Education media releases and replacement of signs damaged and stolen immediately. Not replacing signs means MDC encourages dogs on MTB Trails and signage along with education needs to be in place.
Philip Sim -
Philip Sim

Dog off leash areas
I support a change from dog off-leash at Endeavour Heights Reserve to dog on-leash, as it is used by a large number of daily users. The area is known for pūkeko nesting in the area along with a stream of historical significance. I believe the MDC have a responsibility to protect the natural environment and habitat of native birds as this area has significant wildlife along with habitats that exist. By being off-leash for a small area promotes that habit right of passage mind set for areas where it becomes on-leash nearby including the Endeavour Park entrance and the rest of the Victoria Domain shared tracks. There are several areas designated dog off-leash nearby to use. There are no disposal bins for any dog droppings and quite often it's either left on the ground either in or not in a bag in this Endeavour Heights Reserve area.
There are no signs and bins for disposal. Also change to dog on-leash for Endeavour Heights Reserve. I also suggest a all weather path on the Endeavour Heights Reserve along side fence line to connect to upper tracks.
Philip Sim -
Philip Sim

Dog on leash areas
All areas to remain Dog On-Leash in Picton, Waikawa and Koromiko, except those designated off-leash areas with exception of Endeavour Heights Reserve which I support to change from off-leash to on-leash. There are large number of dogs off leash on those shared walking tracks causing concern to other users, natural environment of native bird life. The confusion of having two areas designated off-leash has created a habit of being off-leash on all tracks in Victoria Domain. I support only one dog off-leash in Victoria Domain being Memorial Park entrance via Surrey Street only. There are volunteer groups aiming to bring back the native bird life in Victoria Domain so it is vital dogs are kept in control.
Public awareness and education media releases, more signs showing Dogs must be on-leash in those designated areas. and to change Endeavour Heights Reserve to dog on-leash.
Philip Sim -
Philip Sim

Cyclists exercising dogs
The designated mountain biking tracks on Victoria Domain are dogs are prohibited and I support that. Therefore for those cyclists who bike on those tracks and shared tracks should not have dogs on those designated tracks and on those shared tracks should be on-leash. The no dogs signs either have been stolen or damaged causing confusion and safety issues to other users on the same tracks. Also, those cyclists would be unaware that their dogs are fouling the tracks or chasing any native birds. Cyclists are also biking through Endeavour park with dogs not on leash which dogs are not permitted in the park.
Replace the no dog signs that are missing on the MTB Trails.
Philip Sim -
Philip Sim

Other
I support the change of dog access near playgrounds from 3m to 10m. There is a playground in Victoria Domain and a lot of dogs are off leash from either Memorial Park or Endeavour Heights Reserve and continue along the tracks designated on-leash being off-leash. By not in control the dogs off-leash will wander onto the playground. Also there is a carpark next to playground therefore a car parking there with a dog let out will go onto the playground. The Waikawa Bay playground has a similar issue with dogs either on the picnic or playground areas.
Change the access distance from 3m to 10m and signs at playground's, no dogs permitted.
Philip Sim -
Philip Sim

Control of dogs in public places
Victoria Domain Tracks by having different designated tracks along with multiple areas either on-leash or off-leash, a playground. a sporting park. marina, beaches, road access, has created similar issues to the areas along parts of Taylor River. there is many conflicts between different users including many uncontrolled dogs, some fouling the recreational reserve, grass picnic areas and beaches. It is time for MDC to manage this area far better than it currently is.
Only have one off area being Memorial Park and the rest of Victoria Domain on-leash along with the designated MB tracks no dogs permitted including Shelly beach area. Improvement to signs at Endeavour Park is required.
Philip Sim -
Philip Sim

Dog prohibited areas
Bobs Bay Reserve is currently dog on-leash and I support a change to dog prohibited area like Picton Foreshore Reserve, Shelly Beach Reserve and Waikawa Bay Foreshore Reserve. Bobs Bay is a popular picnic and swimming area with a grass area to relax on. There are many off-leash dogs in this area and with native birds in the area that need protection.
Change status of Bobs Bay Reserve from dog on-leash to dog prohibited.
Philip Sim -
Rohan James

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposal to make the Taylor River Reserve (east side) an on-leash only dog walking area. Cyclists have the whole of Marlborough to cycle freely - dogs have limited areas where they can run freely. I believe this is the only dog exercise area in Blenheim where dogs can swim and drink fresh water off leash. We should be encouraging people to work together to enjoy this amazing facility. We don't want to start practising segregation.
Maintain the status quo - leave it as it is.
Rohan James -
Russell Montgomery

Other
There are no substantiated or justified grounds for the significant changes advocated by Council to the current Dog Control bylaws, in particular where those bylaws relate to dogs having access to public reserves and to where dogs are allowed to be exercised off-leash by their owners. If there are problems, of which there seem to be very few, then use the staff and current bylaw and Dog Control Act provisions to address those problems. without taking away from the opportunities and enjoyment of the vast majority of responsible dog owners and good dogs. If the wider community does call for and support extending the opportunity for dogs to be taken into the town centre then Council must back that decision up with increased and stringent enforcement of the requirements for dog owners to maintain control of their dogs at all times and to clean up after them.
I seek no changes to the current dog control bylaws relating to dogs having access to council reserve areas and to where dogs can be exercised off-leash.
Russell Montgomery -
Fay Cresswell

Dog on leash areas
I oppose the idea of having to have your dog on a lead down Taylor river
Council should not bring this in as a by law
Fay Cresswell -
Lawrelle Mirrison

Dog on leash areas
Oppose to the idea of having dig on lead down Taylor river
Not bring this in as a bylaw
Lawrelle Mirrison -
Glen Morrison

Dog on leash areas
I oppose dogs having to be on leads down the Taylor river
To not bring this into a bylaw
Glen Morrison -
Taryn Beattie

Dog off leash areas
I strongly oppose the changes to the Dog Control Bylaw. We have been walking dogs in Marlborough for years. Dogs need a proper run for which they need to be off the lead and they need to socialise. Walking my dog is an important part of my day. Having a dog encourages me to get outside to exercise, socialise and relax. I have never experienced any problem with dogs or dog faeces on tracks, in the many years living in Picton. It is much more pleasant to walk or run with my dog off the lead. Dogs are far happier off the lead too. Walking in Essons Valley and Tirohanga, I seldom see more than one or two people, most of the time, they have a dog off the lead too. While biking on Victoria Domain it is impractical to have our dog on a lead. When in Blenheim we regularly walk our dog at the Taylor River reserve. This provides a great opportunity for our dog to socialise with other dogs and for us to get some exercise at the same time.
Leave off leash areas as they are district wide, especially Taylor River, Victoria Domain, Tirohanga and Essons Valley.
Taryn Beattie -
Mark and Melissa Jeffries

Dog prohibited areas
I oppose the proposal for the reserve at the end of Beacon road to be prohibited for dogs. This area has long been accessible to dogs over its history and up until recently had stock grazing in the area as part of a working farm. It has traditionally been used as a duck shooting and whitebaiting area and these activities continue to this day. Prohibiting dogs from this area will significantly reduce the recreational value of the area, particularly for duck shooting where gun-dogs are used. Also the companionship of dogs while whitebaiting will be sorely missed. If there are concerns about birdlife, I think there would be negligible improvement from prohibiting dogs from the area, reasons being, a) there is no trapping or control programme in the area for cats, stoats and weasels which are certainly present and quickly destroy birds nests, b) dogs are typically more interested in the abundant rabbits and hares than birds on the wing and c) the enormous Wairau Lagoons have numerous bird nesting areas which is controlled by the Department of Conservation. On the balance of considerations it is better to allow dogs off leash in the area particularly for the traditional recreational use of duck shooting.
Keep the reserve at the end of Beacon Road available for dogs off leash.
Mark and Melissa Jeffries -
Christee Dalzell

Dog off leash areas
There are many reasons why dog owners fully appreciate the CURRENT on lead/off lead areas along the Taylor River. Their valid points have been detailed very thoroughly (and eloquently) in the hundreds of submissions made to this database. Please read each one carefully and keep the existing on lead / off lead areas down the Taylor River.
Keep the on lead / off lead areas as they currently are in Blenheim.
Christee Dalzell -
Kath Parsons

Dog prohibited areas
I am opposed to the Ward Beach Reserve becoming a prohibited area for dogs. It is currently a dog off lead exercise area and one of only 2 beaches where you can safely exercise your dog. There is no information as to why this has had such a drastic change, the beach is a huge area, suitable for a range of users and able to be enjoyed by all these users. If it is to do with an environmental impact, then please explain what that is as there may be a way to protect the environment and keep the beach available for its variety of users, including dog owners throughout the year. For example beaches in other locations around the country have restrictions at certain times of the year based on environmental factors - ie bird breeding and users - peak summer periods.
Amend the Ward Beach Reserve back to dog off lead, and review whether restrictions are needed at certain times and when and why this would be.
Kath Parsons -
Kath Parsons

Dog prohibited areas
The Picton Foreshore Reserve should be a dog on-lead area, you can take your dog through Picton CBD, stop for a coffee and wander along the street frontage, yet you can't wander down and through the reserve. It seems short sighted and non-dog friendly to only allow dogs on lead in the CBD and not down into the Foreshore Reserve.
For the Picton Foreshore Reserve to become a dog on lead area, and if it helps with the decision - limit it to hours outside of the peak of summer holidays. For example can be dog on lead from daylight saving April - October and then prohibit over the peak summer months.
Kath Parsons -
Kath Parsons

Dog on leash areas
This is about confusion between what is classed as the Riverlands Reserve on SH1 and Simonsen Reserve also in Riverlands SH1. Where is the Riverlands Reserve which is now a prohibited area and I cannot find any mention of it in the current dog control policy, so what area are you referring to?
Define where the Riverlands Reserve is, as when you search for Riverlands Reserve you only get the Simonsen Reserve.
Kath Parsons -
Kath Parsons

Dog on leash areas
I oppose the changing of the Taylor River walkways from off lead to on lead. This is a shared walkway used by people of different ages and for a variety of reasons. It is one of the best places in Blenheim to walk your dog and the majority if people who use it do so responsibly and with consideration for others. I do not believe that it should be changed due to a minority who either ; a) can't control their dog/pick up after their dog or b) believe the pathway is a speed way for their cycling and everyone should jump out of the way as they belt through yelling for people to move or tinging their bell or worse giving no warning at all. It is for runners, walkers, dog walkers, mums with toddlers, elderly people on mobility scooters, families with kids on scooters and/or bikes and a leisurely "enjoying the surroundings" cycle. Not everyone has to be on the path, and by restricting dog walkers to leads only they are more likely to stick to the path, creating more traffic on the pathway and making it more difficult for those on bikes to get past. Having it as a dog on lead is not going to fix the problem for speeding cyclists.
Keep the current bylaw as it is for this area. Use some of the money from the dog registrations to place more bins in the area, to put up more signage on educating people on how to use the pathway, maybe even putting a speed limit for cyclists on this high traffic area.
Kath Parsons -
Donna Lane

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the concept of changing the current TaylorRiver, Beaver Road & Burleigh Bridge area walk way areas that are currently off leash areas to making more of it mandatory to have dogs on leash. I believe this is wrong because amoung other things It takes away the rights of our less mobile responsible dog owners to exercise their companion dogs. In some situations these owners are on mobility scooters, or can’t walk far. These are the people that rely on their dogs in so many ways and it is not fair that they should find it difficult to find easily accessible areas to exercise their dogs. In a lot of cases these are the people that really need their dogs. I believe the Council would be better to coming down harder on the irresponsible dog owners.
Keep things as they are regarding off and on leash areas.
Donna Lane -
Craig Basham

Control of dogs in public places
I am opposed to any limiting of dog exercising areas. Taylor River & Pollard Park are a great place to walk dogs all year round in all weather. The best thing About the Taylor river flood reserve is ability to exercising dogs freely in the area, and is a great way to socialize dogs. The space is well suited to and more than big enough for all users to share. Generally dogs and dog owner are respectful of other park users. Dogs need of exercise - restricting them to on the lead walks on the big stretches of the river reserve would greatly restrict the amount of exercise they can do on a walk. The council provide ample bags and bins for collection of dog wastes, the majority of people do clean up after their dogs. I am aware that bike owners are not keen to share this resource with dog owners, they have plenty of other options around Blenheim for walking or biking than Taylor River. I would suggest that if the council wants to promote harmony with all river bank user they should implement a bell on bikes program – so that walkers and dog owner have time to prepare and control small children and dogs respectively as cyclists should be aware that dog walkers and dogs cannot hear them approaching from behind (most don’t). most of my dog walking take place at Pollard Park outside of normal business hours, and the Waterlea Race course prohibits access to the track or grassed areas. While I do not take my dog in to town, I do not seen a need to deny them access.
I am opposed to any limiting of dog exercising areas or modes.
Craig Basham -
annette pickering

Dog on leash areas
I strongly oppose any change to the current rules
leave as is
annette pickering -
Gavin Beattie

Dog on leash areas
I oppose changing the tracks around Picton to dog on-leash areas, in particular the Victoria Domain, Essons Valley and Tirohanga tracks. I oppose Victoria Domain mountain bike tracks being dog prohibited areas (application of dog rules ought to be consistent across all tracks on Victoria Domain). Our family exercise our dog on these tracks daily and have never had an incident with ours or other dogs off the lead. The Dog Control Policy provides criteria for determining levels of access for dogs in public places, identifying areas that could be less restricted as : - The area is not used extensively by other users - It is of significant size - There are sufficient sight lines - The area is well-bounded from adjacent areas The Victoria Domain, Essons Valley and Tirohanga tracks meet these criteria and there is no justification to making them on-lead areas. The issue of dog fouling will not improve with dogs on the lead. This was proven during the Covid-19 lockdown when all dogs were exercised on the lead. The extent of dog fouling during this time was significantly higher than usual, when most dogs are off the lead.
All tracks in Victoria Domain, Essons Valley and Tirohanga are dog off-lead areas.
Gavin Beattie -
Elizabeth Patterson-Green

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the dog control bylaw. One of the positives of living in Blenheim is the proximity to great areas to go walking. Taylor River has always been a fantastic place to walk dogs all year round. They love being off lead to socialise, swim and exercise. Dogs need alot of exercise - restricting them to a leash for walks on big stretches of the river reserve would greatly restrict the amount of exercise they can do on a walk. This may lead to antisocial dog behaviours such as barking and property damage increasing if some dogs aren't getting sufficient exercise or are bored. Although dog parks such as the new one in Renwick is great, it doesn't allow the owners to get exercise. Taylor River does both. I walk my dogs off lead at the river, but make them sit or put them on a lead when cyclists or families with kids walk past. This is a courtesy I see many dog owners also doing. The council provide ample bags and bins for collection of dog faeces, so again the majority of people do clean up after their dogs. If some people are not keen to share this resource freely with dog owners then they have plenty of other options around Blenheim for walking or biking than Taylor River. Spring and summer are well known problem times in Blenheim for barley grass and other seeds causing foreign body penetration into dogs ears, noses and skin. There is a real problem with grass seeds around the Burleigh bridge area of the Taylor River. If this was the main off leash area there would be a spike in dogs requiring veterinary attention for foreign body treatment. I am a veterinarian so this concerns me. I walked south of Burleigh bridge today and pulled over 20 grass seeds out of my dogs coat when we got home. The council is usually great at mowing along the Taylor River through town - so more dog owners would use this area than south of Burleigh bridge in Spring and summer. Less use Burleigh area due to the grass seed problem. Heat stress would also be a problem as the only place to exercise dogs in town near water is Taylor River - if large areas are only on leash, dogs will not be able to swim and cool off adequately. Shoe horning dog owners who wish to exercise dogs off lead to restricted areas along the river will mean increased dog congestion at certain areas - which is likely to upset cyclists who use the whole reserve. Is the council also willing to do mass mowing over difficult terrain to get rid of grass seed heads, and make the Taylor river south of Burleigh bridge safe for dog owners to walk them off lead? Pollard park is also a great place to walk dogs on lead. It would be a great loss to the dog owners of Blenheim if this was taken away from them. The big trees in the park mean it is sheltered from sun and rain and safe to walk dogs all year around. I walk my little dog there on lead with my kids and have never had any negative comments from anyone. A lot of elderly and mums with young kids walk their dogs at Pollard Park. It would be sad to take this from them.
Keep allowing dog owners to exercise dogs off lead all along the entire Taylor River and on lead at Pollard Park.
Elizabeth Patterson-Green -
Jacqui Tyrrell

Dog on leash areas
My submission is to oppose in part the proposed Dog Control Bylaw. First and foremost I strongly oppose the proposed changes along the Taylor River Reserve. I am a frequent (i.e. weekly to daily) user of the Taylor River Reserve and have seen no evidence of any conflict of interest between dog owners and other users of this public space. Taylor River is a wide and long tract of land, there is ample room for all users - be they walkers, runners, skaters, cyclists, dog walkers etc. Most users of Taylor River use only the footpaths (which have recently been widened). The large mowed grassed areas provides me with a safe space where I can vigorously exercise my dog with the throwing stick, without coming into contact with any other users. Furthermore very seldom have I sighted dog faeces on the footpath or grass/garden areas. In conclusion I do not understand the motivation to greatly reduce the utility of Taylor River to only dog owners, whilst other users have far greater access to green spaces in and around Blenheim, especially that of the Wither Hills. Iinstead of restricting access to green spaces for only dogs and their owners, I encourage Marlborough District Council to increase access to green spaces for dogs and their owners. As a dog owner I have no desire to go to a “dog exercise area” that consists of a small grassed area surrounded by wire, fences and no other vegetation. The dog exercise area in Renwick for example is not inviting, only confining. Finally, I believe that the vast majority of dog owners using Taylor River (and Pollard Park) are responsible, law abiding considerate people. I would suggest that the Council penalise those dog owners specifically who are not responsible, law abiding and considerate. Don’t penalise the majority for a tiny minority. I noted that during the COVID lockdown that suddenly the MDC dog control officer was driving around Taylor River instructing people to put their dogs on a leash. Amidst the COVID concerns I was happy to oblige, although there was no evidence then (or since) that dogs are vectors of this disease. I was also cognizant of the fact that no community consultation (however brief) had occurred. I trust that this submission process is a part of a genuine process of consultation and consideration, and that there is not a predetermined agenda that will result irrespectively.
Do not proceed with the proposed Dog on Leash areas along Taylor River, leave them status quo.
Jacqui Tyrrell -
Jacqui Tyrrell

Dog prohibited areas
I strongly oppose the proposed ban of dogs at Pollard Park. I appreciate the beautiful gardens, waterfowl and golf course vistas. In the heat of the summer day I enjoy a cool walk under the leafy trees with my dog. Like many others, my leisure time is limited and precious. Any walking I do is with my dog, hence by banning dogs at Pollard Park you are effectively banning me from Pollard Park. Please consider in this instance “Dogs on Leash” for Pollard Park.
Please consider Dog on Lease at Pollard Park, do not ban dogs from Pollard Park.
Jacqui Tyrrell -
Tan Reid

Control of dogs in public places
I support the proposed dog control bylaw but do not support dogs in the CBd. I feel there are plenty of places where the dogs and owners are able to go without being in the town centre I also think more effort should be spent on making sure owners pick up after their dogs.
I would like the council to spend more effort in prosecution of owners not picking up after their dogs
Tan Reid -
Vee White

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the new proposed bylaw and support maintaining the status quo of allowing dogs off lead on the Taylor River. I am both a dog owner and a cyclist - and believe they can both occur harmoniously.
To not pass a bylaw forcing dogs to be on lead at Taylor River
Vee White -
Shanti Mosdell

Dog on leash areas
I oppose this bylaw, dogs need off leash time and the dog park isn't always suitable or big enough for the right amount of exercise. I have been walking the picton tracks for 20 odd years now with dogs and I have never had a problem. Don't punish every dog for the odd few bad owners.
To keep it as it is
Shanti Mosdell -
Isabelle Quirk

Dog on leash areas
I am totally opposed to the proposed bylaw change from off-leash dog walking to on-leash dog walking in the Taylor River Reserve. This would make it extremely difficult for elderly or disabled people who walk their dogs in this area which is so handy to town and is so easily accessed. The proposed off-leash area on the other side of the river would be harder for them to access and has rougher terrain which would make it impractical for them. Often dog walking is the only social contact these people have, and it would be hugely unfair to curtail that. It could have a very negative effect on their mental health. Cyclists can cycle anywhere they want in the district, but dog owners cannot walk their dogs off leash anywhere they want. In any case, the recently widened pathways have given both dog walkers and cyclists more room to negotiate around each other. However cyclists should be aware that dog walkers and dogs cannot hear them approaching from behind, and should reduce their speed accordingly when overtaking the walkers. The vast majority of dog owners clean up their dogs' waste, with the convenient provision of doggy do bags and bins for disposal at each entry point to the reserve.
Maintain the status quo regarding off-leash dog walking in the Taylor River Reserve.
Isabelle Quirk -
Patrick Eising

Dog on leash areas
I strongly oppose the proposed changes to the Dog Control Bylaw concerning the Taylor River. I have enjoyed walking/running dogs off leads down the Taylor River for 30 years and have seldom seen a problem. To change this part of the Bylaw would greatly inconvenience those of us in town with dogs for exercise and recreation. Dogs need the freedom to swim and cool down in the river especially in the summer when they have been kept in kennels or on smaller sections. In the height of summer there is no water in the Taylor River south of the Monro Street reserve area. When the children got home from school it had been part of their responsibility to exercise the dogs at the river. In an ever changing world where kids nowadays have too much screen time, to change this bylaw would be another disadvantage against them. There are senior citizens, as well as those with limited health, who live near who rely on the Taylor River - dogs need to run around (off a leash) and some more than others. Personally I can’t think of any satisfactory reason why this Bylaw would change. If it’s because of those who don’t clean up after their dogs, it will probably make no difference. I hope it’s not another case of the small minority spoiling for the majority. If it’s for the cyclist’s sake, there is the Beaver Rd cycle link, and also there is the Wither Hills mountain bike park where it is dog free. Thank you for your consideration.
To reverse the proposed Dogs On/Off Leash changes at the Taylor river.
Patrick Eising -
Andrea Craig

Dog off leash areas
I am opposed to the proposed bylaw that would prevent me from exercising my dog off leash along the Taylor River. In doing so you penalise dog owners who have every right to use this community space to exercise their dogs freely and responsibly. Exercising dogs on leash is neither enjoyable or truly helpful, to a dog’s need for exercise and socialisation with other dogs. Please don’t enforce this rule and force dog owners to find alternative spaces to exercise their dogs properly. As a dog owner I am opposed to dogs in the CBD. I think it is neither necessary or healthy for a dog. There are much better places for a dog to spend time with their owners.
Maintain status quo - dogs can be exercised off leash along the Taylor River. Opposed to dogs in CBD.
Andrea Craig -
Shannon Taylor

Dog off leash areas
I oppose in full, changes proposed to the dog of leash areas in Blenheim. Particularly on The Taylor River Bank. This is a hugely popular snd social area for many people in the community. It is easily avalible to those that dont drive, and in particular older adults that may want, need and enjoy exercising their dogs freely in the area. The space is well sutied to and more than big enough for all users to share.
To maintain the status quo with regard to dog off lead areas in Blenheim.
Shannon Taylor -
Catherine Lawson

Dog off leash areas
As a dog owner who has regularly used the Taylor river walkway, I strongly oppose the proposed dog control bylaw to restrict much of the paved Taylor walkway to an on leash exercise area. Having enjoyed the freedom of walking my dogs there for the last 15 years I have never encounter issues with sharing this exercise area with bikers or other walkers. Having 2 young children this area is the only option in which I can adequately exercise my dogs with my children who like to scooter or rollerblade together. It will not be possible to adequately exercise my current dogs on leash forcing me to use the southern, unpaved area which means not being able to enjoy this activity with my children who would struggle to walk the required distance.. I also have great concerns that walking dogs on leash on the Taylor river increases dog traffic on the pathway which will also increase the likelihood of biker/ dog walker collision. Restricting to leashed areas will also see an increase of retractable leads as dog owners will try to maximise their pet’s freedom. I would have concerns regarding the safety of bikers mixing with retractable leads at speed. For those dog owners who have larger, higher energy dogs, thus requiring more exercise, and who don’t have the luxury of driving their animals to off leash areas, they will be in the position of not being able to adequately exercise their dogs. Poorly exercised dogs become problem dogs who are more likely to be destructive and cause issues of constant barking. I can see absolutely no benefit to changing the status quo to an on leash exercise, only disadvantages.
To maintain the status quo regarding current off leash dog exercise areas along the Taylor river walkway, Blenheim.
Catherine Lawson -
Melissa and Mark Jeffries

Dog on leash areas
We have been dog owners for over 10 years in Marlborough and have often exercised our dogs along the Taylor River Reserve. We object to the proposed change of the Taylor River Reserve becoming an on-leash area. Our reasons are: 1. To be properly exercised and mentally stimulated dogs need to be off leash in an area of suitable size. 2. Dogs require social interaction and play with other dogs which can only happen naturally off leash. 3. If the proposed area is made on-leash only, owners will need to travel by car to find a suitable off-leash area. This adds extra time and cost to exercising their dog and themselves and may result in a decrease in activity. 4. Many elderly, who live within walking distance of the current off-leash area will find it difficult to exercise their dogs properly and may give up on dog ownership, which would be detrimental to their physical and mental health. 5. The current off leash area is not only a great place for dogs to socialise but also their owners, as well as giving non dog owners including children the opportunity to engage with dogs. 6. If the proposal goes ahead there will be far fewer people using the Taylor River Reserve and a resulting loss of community.
Retain the currently permitted off-leash areas of the Taylor River Reserve between Alabama Rd and Hutcheson St.
Melissa and Mark Jeffries -
Melissa and Mark Jeffries

Dog on leash areas
Maintain the prohibition of dogs in the CBD to prevent the risk of dog dog faeces being taken underfoot into shops and professional businsesses. Of particular concern are the risk of dog faeces being brought into cafes, the health hub, pharmacies, GP clinics, dental clinics and optometry clinics and daycare centres.
Retain the prohibition of dogs within the Blenheim CBD
Melissa and Mark Jeffries -
pete lawson

Dog off leash areas
In opposition of the proposal to change the current dog off leash exercise areas from the current areas to only the western aspect of the Taylor River walkway.
Retain the current dog off leash exercise areas.
pete lawson -
Rockie Lowdon

Dog off leash areas
I want to be able to exercise my dog off leash in all of the Taylor River reserve park. The majority of dogs shouldn't be penalised for the few dogs not under owner control. Non dog owners need to respect the rights of responsible dog owners. Cyclists need to slow down when riding the concrete pathway whether they encounter both dog owners, dogs or just walkers.
Please keep all of the Taylor River reserve an off leash area
Rockie Lowdon -
Jade South

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed change to the off leash area at the Taylor River as it is a wonderful and safe area for the dogs of the area to exercise and enjoy themselves responsibly.
No change to the current off leash dog area
Jade South -
Drea crossan

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed bylaw that would require dogs to be on leash at the Taylor River swimming hole near Munro street .
To oppose the proposed bylaw that restricts dog off leash areas further
Drea crossan -
Christina Lowdon

Dog off leash areas
I oppose to reduce dog off leash area in Taylor River Reserve Park
To keep dog off leash area unchanged.
Christina Lowdon -
Nichola Sykes

Dog off leash areas
The off leash walkways for dog owners is an asset to our town. Our family have enjoyed many walks with our dog off leash along the Taylor River in particular & have seen nothing but respectful & responsible owners along the pathway & clip on a leash if necessary with anyone approaching with another dog. It would be disappointing to have to restrain our dogs & take from the experience for both dogs & their owners.
To continue to allow dogs to remain unleashed in the dog walking areas.
Nichola Sykes -
Cressida Bishop

Dog on leash areas
Please do not impose restrictions on the current dog off lead areas in Blenheim - in particular the Taylor Reserve area.
To maintain the status quo with regard to dog off lead areas in Blenheim
Cressida Bishop -
Vicki Ginders


RataPark.pdf
Dog prohibited areas
1. The proposed new bylaw appears to be completely contradictory in terms of how it treats dog owners - giving on one hand (i.e. on-leash access in the CBD) whilst taking considerably with the other by prohibiting dogs from a number of areas where, according to the MDC website, they are presently allowed either on or off-leash - for example, Pollard Park inc. Churchill Glade & Waterlea Gardens; Wairau Valley Golf Course & Recreation Reserve; Parklands Reserve; Ballinger Park; Vorbach Reserve; and Covent Gardens, to name a few. The effect on Wairau Valley Township dog owners is that the nearest off-leash exercise area is almost 30-minutes’ drive away, and the new Loop Track around the township being developed by the MDC that uses the golf course will be a no-go for dogs either on or off-leash. 2. There are many parks/reserves on the proposed prohibited list (Schedule 1) that are not on the MDC A-Z Facilities web page. This suggests to me that these are new facilities and that the 'default' option for council is to prohibit dogs whereas I believe the 'default' option for a genuinely dog-friendly council would be on-leash, then decisions made where dogs can be safely exercised off-lead and where they should be prohibited. These designations should be decided in a rational and logical manner rather than gut-feel based on limited and/or anecdotal evidence. 3. The proposal to increase the dog prohibited space around playgrounds from 3m to 10m seems non-sensical and unworkable. There are 39 playgrounds in the Marlborough area, 25 in Blenheim alone (Source: MDC website). Many of them are in small Reserves/Parks that presently allow dogs on-leash but changing the prohibited distance to 10m will effectively make these facilities prohibited areas or, at the very least, impossible for a law abiding dog owner to navigate! What are they supposed to do if the playground is within 10m of a footpath - cross the road? Please see how confusing this already is - refer attached pics from your website re Rata Park.
If you really want to be considered dog-friendly: - rewrite the whole proposed Dog Control Bylaw proposal inc. Schedules 1-3, with the intent to allow dog owners to be accompanied by their best friend, at least on-leash, in as many places in Marlborough as possible. - seriously review what areas should be off-leash exercise areas and what areas should be prohibited, with valid rational reasons. If you don't care whether you're seen as dog friendly: - please retain the status quo, forget about the CBD and leave dogs able to go into the parks and reserves they are presently allowed in, plus a reasonable share of the new facilities. - consider whether prohibiting dogs from the Wairau Valley Golf Course (the only park/reserve in the area) and subsequently the Loop track is fair on local dog owners. - reconsider whether the 10m prohibited distance from playgrounds is really workable in the smaller reserves and those close to a road. In the interests of transparency, I would also very much like to see the justification for the changes in the Proposed Dog Control Bylaw that will negatively impact on the ability of dog owners to access many of the facilities that our rates help fund including, but not limited to, Pollard Park and Wairau Valley Golf Course and Recreation Reserve.
Vicki Ginders -
Jasmin Howie

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposal to change parts of the Taylor River reserve from being a dog off-leash area. As a family, there are very limited locations where it is possible to both walk a dog off leash and have children on scooters and bikes on a pathway.
No change to existing Taylor River off leash areas.
Jasmin Howie -
Bob Barnes

Control of dogs in public places
As a former dog owner, I oppose the proposal to change the Taylor River Reserve from being off leash. I am also concerned that dogs are to be prohibited from Pollard Park. For the last nine years I have regularly used the full length of the Taylor River reserve, on both sides. In my experience dogs and people rarely come into conflict in this reserve. Where one has caused the other a concern, I have seen an apology and appropriate change of direction or behaviour put wrongs to right. From time to time I took my dog through Pollard Park on a leash. It was a safer route than on busy Nelson Street or the other surrounding roads.
That the status quo remains for Taylor River Reserve and Pollard Park.
Bob Barnes -
Kat Millar

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed dog control bylaw
Keep it the same and let dogs be off lead along taylor river
Kat Millar -
Control of dogs in public places
I oppose the proposed Dog Control Bylaw regarding restricting off-leash walking along the Taylor River. Dogs need space to run around - reducing off leash area restricts exercise and will impact on wellbeing of dogs. Restricting the taylor river would mean people would have to travel further to exercise dogs, meaning more congestion on roads. There are plenty of other places in town for “non-dog people” to walk. The dog owner community really appreciate that we have the freedom to walk our dogs off leash along the river. If a compromise needed to be made, I would suggest that dogs are allowed off-leash on either side of the river upstream or the Burleigh Bridge, and restrict dogs to on leash downstream of the bridge. The proposal of having only a short section on one side of the river upstream of Burleigh Bridge is just not enough space for all the dogs and owners that use the river. In Germany there are new laws stating that dogs should be exercise a minimum of two hours a day. This is awesome for he health of pets and their humans. I think allowing dogs off leash and keeping the status quo will help the wellbeing of our pets and the hauora of their owners. I used to live in Auckland and moved out due to restricted off-leash areas. One of the main attractions of Blenheim for me was the off-leash dog access along the Taylor River. Please don’t take this away from us. Like most dogs who use the space, my two boys are sociable and well behaved. They love the river, and are happy, healthy dogs because of it. -
To keep the status quo and keep the Taylor River an off-leash dog walking zone. At the very least allow us to walk dogs off-leash along both side of the river between the Burleigh Bridge and Taylor Dam.
Jenny Pullin -
Melissa Wills

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the new bylaw of dogs having to be on the lead when exercising them on the Taylor river reserve
To allow dogs to remain off the lead on the Taylor river reserve
Melissa Wills -
Michelle Seaton

Control of dogs in public places
I object to the bylaw of not allowing dogs on Wairau valley golf course public reserve. I regularly walk my dog in this area. Along with several other people there is plenty of room for golfers and dog walkers to walk without getting in the way of each other. We have never crossed paths in the last 2 years of using the reserve. We clean up after our dogs. Of we can use the reserve there is nowhere else to exercise our dogs and ourselves. It is beneficial to our health to be walking and you want to take that away from us.
Keep the bylaws the same at it is now. Do not bank dogs from any area including the Wairau valley golf course and public reserve.
Michelle Seaton -
Cat Marsh

Dog off leash areas
Dogs should be allowed to run free down the river. Kids have so many parks and cyclist have so many places to bike yet dogs don’t have very many places to run free. Dogs that are dangerous should be controlled. I have kids and love the flexibility of going for a walk while my kids bike and my dog runs. Adults caUse more problems on bikes then dogs.
To let dog run free down the river and keep it dog friendly
Cat Marsh -
Michael Trought

Control of dogs in public places
Dogs off leash on Taylor River Reserve: As a council priding itself in promoting healthy outdoors exercise, I am surprised the council is considering changing the rules regarding dog exercise areas on the Taylor River Reserve. I AM OPPOSED TO THESE CHANGES. I have used the river reserve since 1984 to exercise my dogs. In 36 years I have had few problems, although recently with the advent of the widening of the foot path, cyclists appear to be travelling faster and in a minority of cases showing little concern for other users of the reserve. This includes people with dogs, the elderly and children. A recent incident involved a cyclist who did not have hands on the handlebars and was unable to stop when he was crossing the bridge at the confluence of Doctors Creek. I suggest that a speed limit of 7km/h should be imposed for cyclists on the River reserve. It is worth noting that the council (on behalf of ratepayers) have invested rates in several cycle only areas, particularly on the Wither Hills for cyclists. To suggest that the “Pony Club” area be the only available for off leash exercise is unsatisfactory. At present there is an infestation of rabbits along in that area. Dogs are likely to enter into the adjacent vineyard following their trail. In addition, access to this area is difficult, particularly for those with children or disability. My wife uses a mobility scooter and cannot access that part of the riverbank. Increasing the number of public conveniences on the river reserve would be valuable and preventing people defecating in the bushes (particularly to the south of Munro Street). It’s not much fun having to wash a dog who has found human waste. Dogs in Pollard Park: Owners with Dogs on leash should continue to be able to use Pollard Park: the park is a valuable asset for a gentle walk and talking to several gardeners in the park recently they were happy to have well behaved dogs using the park. A few more litter bins would be useful at strategic places Dogs in the CBD: I am not in favour of allowing dogs in the CBD Dogs on Ward Beach: Protection of breeding birds on the East Coast is important. However, totally banning dogs from Ward Beach will do little to help while wild cats and hedgehogs roam free. I oppose banning dogs from the whole of Ward Beach and suggest that dogs are free on the beach immediately in front of the council reserve (it is used by the cray fishery boats anyway). Dogs should be banned from the remaining beach area during the breeding season (1 September to 1 February), but may use the beach at other times (2 February to 31 August).
Do not change the current rules for the use of the Taylor River Reserve Increase the number of public conveniences on the Taylor River Reserve Maintain the current rules regarding dogs in the CBD - do not allow access Allow dogs of lead on Ward Beach opposite the council reserve (where the cray boats are using it). allow dogs on the remainder of the beach outside bird breeding season (from 1 February to 31 August?)
Michael Trought -
Darren Cole

Dog on leash areas
I live on Dillon Street, my most local park is the reserve land bordering the taylor river, I do not own dogs. I use this park regularly. I oppose the proposal to restrict entirety of usable park area from the status quo, of an off-leash area with a friendly community vibe, happy dogs free to exercise with their friendly owners, to one where they are not welcome unless they are leashed, I do not feel the amendment to how this area is used will achieve any additional safety for those in our community, it is my fear that it will irreparably change the area from one with a wide open space free for us all to use as we wish with people enjoying it, to one where we are restricted in terms of how it can be enjoyed, a wide open space that isn't being used, and friendly locals having to go elsewhere in their own town to give their dogs the run around they want.
To maintain the status quo of off-leash dog control in the taylor river reserve.
Darren Cole -
Dog on leash areas
See attached document for topics and submission details.
Retain the status quo
Taylor Rhind -
Fiona Gibb

Dog off leash areas
Oppose
To allow dogs to remain off lead on the Taylor River reserve.
Fiona Gibb -
John Leggett

Dog off leash areas
Taylor River Reserve- oppose dog on lead proposal Pollard Park, Churchill Glade an Waterlea Gardens- oppose proposal to prohibit dogs
Retain status quo.
John Leggett -
Hamish Westwater

Dog prohibited areas
Oppose in full the bylaw on allowing dogs in the Blenheim CBD. The reasons why I oppose this is as followed: Concern that older people or others may not feel safe coming into town for shopping. It isn’t going to be possible to police which dogs come in to the CB D and they won’t all have responsible owners. Some people are scared of dogs and may not go into a shop if there is a dog tied up outside. At this time those with service dogs are able to do their shopping in the C B D without worrying about other dogs approaching their dogs which will change with the new bylaw. More and more people with disabilities are being assisted by dogs and these dogs will lose their special status in our town if all dogs are allowed in the C BD. Please also consider young children who are especially vulnerable to dog attacks due to their size and unpredictability. It is so sad how many young children are attacked by dogs in our country . By keeping the C BD dog free we are showing that we value all of our people not just dog owners . Marlborough already looks after the needs of dogs and their owners really well. Do dogs really need to have this space as well? Nga mihi
Retain the existing restrictions of dogs (except for registered service dogs) in the Blenheim CBD.
Hamish Westwater -
Antonia Grigg

Dog on leash areas
I OPPOSE the change to On-leash policy for the Taylor River Reserve for the following reasons: - The Taylor River Reserve currently meets the MDC's Dog Control Policy requirements for "Less Restricted Access" ie significant size, sufficient sight lines, well-bounded from adjacent areas, and not used extensively by other users (it is a well shared area currently). It provides the perfect central Blenheim area to meet "the exercise and recreational needs of dogs and their owners" (MDC Dog Control Policy). There is no evidence included in the council's "Reason for change" to justify this SIGNIFICANT change to the dog policy. - MDC has just spent extensive funds upgrading the Taylor River Reserve's 'Shared Path' to accommodate multiple users and upgrading the Monro St carpark, central to the biggest reserve space for Off-leash dog running...why would you now restrict use of these great assets. - the Taylor River Reserve south of Purkiss St is not appropriate of Off-leash dog running for the following reasons: 1) the grossly uncontrolled Rabbit population in the stopbanks West of Purkiss St makes controlled off-leash running of dogs near impossible 2) the Taylor river dries up during summer months therefore no water is available for dogs to drink, play and cool in while walking 3) in winter months there is only a muddy single track for dog owners to walk on - to walk my two dogs together On-leash on the path will create a significantly bigger hazard to other users of the path. Currently Off-leash, our dogs remain under control well away from the path where other users are. - As a user of the Taylor River Reserve at all different times of the day, dog walkers are by far the biggest user group of this public space. It is the perfect area for Off leash, controlled dog walking. It is a real asset of central Blenheim and should remain this way.
Keep the Taylor River Reserve as status quo. Off leash, controlled dog exercising and shared use area.
Antonia Grigg -
Molly Wittig

Dog prohibited areas
Our family lives just off Pollard Park and our routine is to walk our dog in the park every day, always on lead. We cherish these moments together, admiring the trees, flowers, and overall beauty. We would be deeply saddened if we could no longer do this. I propose that we continue to allow dogs in the park, but post clear signs that dogs must be on a lead. Perhaps the council could do random checks and fine those who do not follow the rules. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
Allow dogs on lead in Pollard Park.
Molly Wittig -
Paul Molyneux

Dog on leash areas
1. My submission is to oppose the proposed changes to the Taylor River Reserve, with regards for dogs to be on a lead. 1.\tI see little evidence of the problem you say you are trying to solve. Where are you getting your data from? I suggest you actually collect some real data rather than rely on anecdotal evidence from people who complain to your office. The vast majority of users you would never hear from. 2.\tI would like you to consider an educational approach rather than a legislative one. The work you have done over the years has seen a vast improvement of this resource and its use. Lets not use that success to restrict users. You seemed to have started down this path with the notice boards which caused all us regular river users to consider other users and play our part. Most people we interact with daily are reasonable people and this shared pathway works very well. Lets not legislate restrictions in an attempt to sort out the small problem percentage and therefore punish the vast majority who use this great facility without issue. 3.\tFor the people of Blenheim who you represent this area is of major significance. The mental and physical well being that comes from being able to exercise in the middle of our CBD can not be underestimated, especially in these changed times. Having a shared recreation space close to Blenheim centre is important for our city. Our visitors regularly comment about this resource. 4.\tOne of the great factors about Taylor River reserve is its accessibility -many people including our elderly residents have easy access at present. If your proposal was implemented how are you proposing these people transport themselves and their dog up to the new dog exercise area.
Is to decline the proposed law changes and rather encourage better use via education.
Paul Molyneux -
Duncan Macready

Dog off leash areas
Dogs need to be able to run and run I am opposed to and see no need for any changes to the Off-Leash rules on the Taylor River Reserve. In the 11 years I have been running my dogs off leash in that area I have not seen any problems with dogs attacking other dogs or people. I have never seen a cyclist run into a dog. While the area above the Burliegh bridge is a great area for dogs to free run there is a problem, that problem being the area is full of plants, namely Barley grass , Chilean Needle grass and many of the native grasses, who’s seed heads can present a real danger to dogs. Entering the body through the nose, ears, eyes, feet and penetrating the skin. This is obviously worse at different seasons of the year. The large mown areas on the true right, from the High street bridge to the Burliegh bridge provide a relatively safe low seed area to run dogs off leash, during the seed season. Many dogs enjoy a swim and a fetch session in the river. With the river being so narrow, dogs often cross over and find a shallow area to cross back. Under the proposed leash rule the dog would be in infringement the short time it was on the “wrong” side of the river. In the last few weeks, I have been running my dogs in the Munro St entrance area. I have regularly seen 8-12 dogs playing and socialising, running off leash and having a great time with no problems, In closing I’d like to say that having the Taylor river as an off-leash area is of benefit to all Blenheim residents, whether dog owners or not. It concentrates off leash dog activity, is big enough to give the dogs room to really stretch their legs and become socialised. As dog owners we pay a considerable amount of money in the form of the dog registration fee and, with Hydatids control being a thing of the past this is the only way we benefit from that tax.
That the Taylor river leash rules remain as they are
Duncan Macready -
Rosemary Clark

Dog off leash areas
Because it changes the river walk to a leashed only from Burleigh bridge and restricts the areas where dogs can be walked. I would like to retain the status quo that dogs are allowed on all areas where they are proposed no access (unleashed) if the proposed Dog Control Policy changes.
To remain status quo .. remain as it is on all areas of the river walk
Rosemary Clark -
Lachlan Fleming

Dog off leash areas
Please maintain the dog off-leash areas as they already are.The Taylor river from Burleigh bridge down to Hutcheson st bridge is a great place for dogs to run,swim,play and socialise with other dogs.I have been taking dogs down there for many years and they have a great time down there running unfettered.I have never seen mass dog fights or any threat to people from other peoples dogs.The only threat i have seen to both people and dogs is the irresponsible cyclists who go far too fast.Many times i have seen walkers and dogs have to take evasive action to avoid being hit at speed by some idiot cyclists.Even mothers with babies in pushchairs having to move off the path to avoid collision.
Maintain the dog areas as they are.Move Sutherland stream, Harling park and Mckendry park to off-leash as well. Leave Taylor river as off-leash on both sides of the river! Lachlan Fleming.While you are at it please give instructions to the the speeding cyclists about common courtesy .If they wish to do 50 k per hour they should be put back out on the main roads where they belong.
Lachlan Fleming -
David Bullivant

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed reduction in the 'dog off lead' areas in Blenheim for the following reasons... It will detrimentally affect the health & welfare of dogs & their owners by limiting the availability of exercise areas. It will concentrate dogs & owners in a smaller area(s), reducing the freedom to exercise without disruption. It will have negative connotations on the lifestyle & culture of the Blenheim township, considering the many 'dog & family friendly' towns domestically and internationally. It will be less attractive for parents & children who visit the Taylor River to exercise their dogs as a family excursion. I have exercised three dogs on the Taylor River over the past 10yrs without any incidents. The Taylor River track has been widened to accommodate all activities; so lets use it. Dogs on leads are often more likely to hinder the progress of passing pedestrians and cyclists than dogs 'off lead'. Blenheim already has more restrictions on dog access to public areas compared to towns in the Tasman and Canterbury regions.
The Council should reject the reduced area for dogs 'off lead' on the Taylor River and maintain the status quo.
David Bullivant -
Kate McNabb

Dog on leash areas
I OPPOSE the proposed Dog Control Bylaw - specifically the proposed new on-leash areas of the Taylor River. As a regular walker, runner, cyclist and dog owner who regularly uses the Taylor River, I feel that forcing dog walkers/runners/cyclists to use leashes on their dogs will result in an increased danger and inconvenience for all users, not less. In my experience, when dogs are restrained on leads they are more likely to become aggressive to other dogs as they are not able to "communicate" effectively with other dogs (tail wagging, sniffing etc). Dog walkers will need increased room to walk or ride with their dogs so as not to collide with other users (and no the recent widening of pathways will not be large enough). Dog walkers will be more likely to use long retractable leads, which in such a busy environment are difficult to see and dangerous. The proposed on-leash areas will significantly disadvatage the wellbeing of dogs and humans alike in our community - with being unable to meet the physical actvity requirements that most dogs need, as well as limiting access to our public places for their human friends to get their recommended 150 mins of moderate exercise per week. This proposed bylaw will significantly affect the health and wellbeing of our community and I strongly oppose any change to off-leash areas. As a community we need to begin to show common sense and kindness to other users in these public places, not have by-laws put in place with zero evidence of effectiveness. Yes - dog owners need to be responsible and have well trained dogs, but taking away access to do this in busy environments means we will have less socialised, obedient dogs in our community. All users need to use the area with consideration for other users; and walk, run, ride with an awareness of what is going on around them - just like we do when driving a car on the road.
Keep the on/off leash areas as they are now - rejection of proposed changes.
Kate McNabb -
Jackie Cossar

Dog off leash areas
I see little evidence for changing the status quo in regards to the dog off leash areas. Common sense and courtesy is needed by all users of the Taylor River Reserves, not a broad brush approach by the Council. Larger dogs would be particularly disadvantaged by having their exercise curtailed by having to remain leashed, and the social aspect that is necessary for a dogs health and wellbeing would be unnecessarily forfeited.
Maintain the status quo in regards of the dog on/off leash areas.
Jackie Cossar -
Sonia Maxwell

Dog on leash areas
I oppose the proposed Dog Control Bylaw. I have been walking the Taylor river on both sides as a dog owner and prior to owning a dog, for more than 20 years. In this time I have never encountered a situation where a dog has threatened a person or another dog. The dogs I have now are not large, and although there are larger dogs running at the river, my dogs have never been threatened in any way. I fail to understand the reasoning for the change as I have not seen any evidence of dogs causing problems, so wonder why council is making a unilateral decision on this. Many. many people walk their dogs off the leash down at the Taylor river. It gives the dogs the opportunity to have a good run and socialise with other dogs and people. Please let good sense prevail in this by law and leave the Taylor River as it is in relation to owners and other walkers pleasure and dogs being allowed to run freely.
Deny the dog on leash submission on both sides of the Taylor River below the Burleigh Bridge.
Sonia Maxwell -
Ben and Susie Glover

Dog off leash areas
I am opposed to the change from off leash to on leash for the Taylor River walk way, between the John st and Burleigh Bridges. This is a large floodway area which has mulitple uses and users in which works in a very collegial way. Using this area as a walker, runner, biker and a dog owner i see no reason to restrict this 1 activity through this area. In fact pushing this activity further up stream to an area not set up for dog exercising off leash for the many dog owners of a very diverse age and also their physical abilities again restricts and also places further pressure on this area to manage along with becoming a higher density area. Currently we have 37 on lesh areas and only 11 off leash in the Blenheim area - so why? - I also note that the reasoning and arguments for and against within council behind this proposed change has not been stated - which should be, so we understand and perhaps look at alternative solutions to an (apparent) issue that has necessitated this proposed change.
Remain as status quo regarding the Taylor river walk way - to keeping the dogs off leash.
Ben and Susie Glover -
Kathy Davis

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the reduction of off leash areas. Once taken away, they will never be re-instated. In regards to the Taylor River in particular, which I have used twice daily most day of the week to exercise my dog for the past six years, I strongly oppose the proposed restrictions to off-leash areas. As others have observed, the massive gains (for both dogs and humans) in frequent social/community interaction, exercise and well-being from daily access to such an wonderful shared resource for all users far outweigh the presumed complaints of a few. Elderly dog owners in particular, as well those of limited mobility; parents/grandparents with baby buggies or small children on bikes - all deserve easy access to the Taylor River to exercise their dogs off leash in the current areas permitted for this activity. In six years – walking the river reserve both sides, literally from end to end – I have observed very few dog walkers who have poor control over the dogs, or who ignore their responsibility to clean up after them. On the other hand, however, I have also observed ever-increasing numbers of cyclists, often at speed, often in pairs or groups, who seem to think they are the only people who should be using the Taylor River tracks, even though they have a plethora of other recreational areas open to them. Few make any effort to warn other users of their presence, and ironically, given that most are on all-terrain bikes, they seem extremely reluctant to divert onto the grass even briefly. The ‘reasons’ cited by Council for changing dog off-leash zones for the Taylor River are vague at best, and are supported by no factual evidence. The status quo should be maintained.
Maintain the status quo.
Kathy Davis -
Daina Crosbie

Control of dogs in public places
I strongly oppose the following changes to the Dog Control Bylaw: - It is proposed to include all new reserves that have been developed since the previous review was undertaken. - It is proposed to change the Blenheim Central Business District from the current Bylaw that prohibits dogs to allow dogs on-leash. - It is proposed to change dog access near playgrounds. The current Bylaw provides that dogs are not permitted within 3 metres of any playground and this restriction is considered inadequate. It is proposed that the restriction should be increased to 10 metres. - It is proposed to prohibit dogs from Pollard Park and Ward Beach.
The council should remit their proposal.
Daina Crosbie -
Marty Ryder

Control of dogs in public places
I oppose the proposed Dog Control Bylaw. Dogs should be allowed to remain off leash.
Dog should be allowed to remain off leash.
Marty Ryder -
Portia Barcello

Dog on leash areas
The proposed dog control bylaw is in poor form as it ultimately fails to convey substantial reasoning which warrants the removal of a right. Consequently, I oppose the proposed dog control bylaw on the basis that the Marlborough District Council is abusing their discretionary powers to implement this bylaw. This submission speaks specifically to the proposed dog on-leash area in regard to the, -\tTaylor River: o\tAlong the true right bank of the river (Blenheim town centre side), from the Burleigh Bridge to the Stuart Street; and o\t Along the true left bank of the river from Doctors Creek to the confluence of the Ōpaoa and Taylor Rivers. Firstly, this proposed bylaw seeks to remove a right in a public area which requires sound reasoning and arguments to warrant this removal as stated before. However, the Council has failed to provide in their reasoning, to name a few issues flagged by the public 1. Statistics of dog attacks either dog on dog or dog on human 2. Sufficient evidence of accidents involving cyclists which was caused by dogs and 3. Statements where dog faeces has caused damage to river maintenance contractors’ equipment. After having a conversation with Dr Gabrielle Mark from Vet Marlborough she has said in her opinion this bylaw will substantially disadvantage the well-being of dogs where for example Marlborough already has high rates of dogs being overweight. She said there is no way owners will be able to meet the exercise requirements of their dogs if they were required to have them on the leash. She also highlighted the benefits of allowing dogs off leash where it encourages exposure of how to behave when off leash. For example, she said she has had cases where dogs that are institutionalised to being on a leash and escape from properties or their owners are a danger to the public and themselves as they have no understanding of what to do when they are free as they have no response mechanisms. Furthermore, she said for a country that is heavily reliant on dogs for work this is a very anti dog movement. She does note that she has had cases where there have accidents down the Taylor River but is was purely the owners who were not being responsible dog owners. She says there needs to be more obligation on owners to warn others that their dogs may be dangerous by being on leads, having keep distance leads or muzzling their dogs if they are likely to lash out. She concluded that there is no compromise offered from Council so the bylaw is entirely unreasonable. After talking to many dog walkers down the Taylor River there is a common consensus of opposing the bylaw and after talking to dog walker of two Golden Retrievers, Steph Benseman she was horrified at the thought of having to exercise the two Goldens on the lead to the requirement of their high energy levels. She noted that she loves her walks with her dogs and that it grants a relief from stress to her busy life too when watching their athletic ability in full flight. In summary this bylaw does not present strong legal arguments to warrant the move nor does it adequately consider the implications on Marlborough residents and their dogs.
To remove the proposed dog on-leash area in regard to the Taylor River in the proposed bylaw review.
Portia Barcello -
Rob Wills

Dog off leash areas
As a responsible dog owner of many years, I am against the proposed changes to the Taylor River walk area. Rather than restrict dog owners, attention should be given to the cyclists who endanger others through their arrogant behaviour.
To reject the planned changes
Rob Wills -
Heather Davies
East Coast Protection Group Inc

REF201114174-17589-Nov 20 Dog Bi-law.pdf
Control of dogs in public places
see attached submission
see attached submission
Heather Davies - East Coast Protection Group Inc
Dianne Jamieson

Dog on leash areas
I oppose the proposed new dog submission that dogs must be on leads in proposed area of Taylor river, I use this area regularly when walking my dog, the problem is with the people on bikes, we are not aloud to ride bikes on footpaths around town so why do they think they have right of way on the path over there, i don't think a lot of them realize there mountain bikes are made to go on the grass, i have had my dog kicked by cyclists as they wouldn't get of path when she is walking beside me.
Cyclist ride on grass, electric bikes be banded from there they are made for the roads and should stay there, they are treating the area as a race track to get from one end of town to other
Dianne Jamieson -
Tony Dilrew

Dog on leash areas
DOG ON LEASH AREAS - Taylor River As well as the dog walkers who first supported it, the walkway along the Taylor River floodway is now used by individuals and families for exercise, and for pedestrians, mobility scooter users, skate boarders and cyclists going to and from the centre of town for work, shopping and entertainment. This is an amenity that ticks all the boxes for enhancing the health and wellbeing of our district’s social and ecological environment. Blenheim’s urban area has grown in total while individual property size has become smaller with many homes now without a large ‘backyard’ and room for dogs to run freely. We are also encouraged to leave the car at home when we can for the sake of our own health and for the health of our environment. Many people using the section of the walkway proposed to be changed to ‘on leash’ are older and need to keep to the formed pathway. Some are not physically able to negotiate unformed tracks. Being able to give their dogs the freedom of being off leash to accompany them on their walk is a real benefit to them. I am a dog walker and have walked this path arounds six days a week for many years, grateful for the opportunity of exercise for myself and my dog in a beautiful open space with well-maintained paths and easy access. Over this time I have seen very little conflict between the many users. There is plenty of open space for everyone. The number of cyclists has increased and new bikes are faster and often silent. Most of the cyclists I meet are friendly and respectful of other users. A cheerful good morning/afternoon, a ‘cyclist coming through’ or the sound of a bell is always helpful and walkers are happy to move over if possible. Most cyclists are also prepared to move off the path to pass if required. Keeping your dog under control off leash, picking up the poo, alerting others if you need to pass them (mobility scooters users are very good at doing this) and respecting other users rights to be there is what I believe happens the majority of time on this stretch of the Taylor River Walkway. I accept that there are incidences when this does not happen, but it is hard understand that those incidences are in numbers that outweigh the benefits to the health and wellbeing of the majority of users of the walkway. This is why I believe these areas of the shared pathway should remain off leash for dogs.
That the area of the Taylor River between the Burleigh Bridge and Stuart St on the right bank and the left bank between Doctors Creek to the confluence of the Opaoa and Taylor Rivers remain an off leash area.
Tony Dilrew -
Tony Dilrew

Dog on leash areas
DOG ON LEASH AREAS – Blenheim Central Business District The Blenheim Central Business District (CBD) is a relatively small, confined area and its footpaths are not particularly wide. There is competition for space by the enhancement of outside seating for cafes, from advertising boards, bike stands etc. Pedestrians, mobility scooter and wheelchair users, mothers with buggies, young people on scooters and skateboards all compete. I don’t believe that the addition of dogs on leash would be advantageous in this area of town. Dogs tied up outside shops would be an added encumbrance on the footpath. People who wish to have their dog accompany them when visiting a café have the choice to do this at dog friendly cafes outside the CBD.
That the Blenheim Central Business District be a Dog prohibited area.
Tony Dilrew -
Veronica Pinci

Dog prohibited areas
As a dog owner I strongly oppose to the new Bylaw. Taylor river park is one of the few places where my dog can run free and exercise. Cyclist have the road, Wither Hills, the park and pretty much everywhere else to do so. As I live next to the park I often witness cyclists going way too fast on the pathway, riding side by side and not giving warning when approaching from behind. I feel it would be unfair for the Council to implement this law just because of few cyclists's complaints.
To not go ahead with the Dog Baylaw
Veronica Pinci -
Phil Grigg

Dog on leash areas
I oppose the change to on-leash policy for the Taylor River. - Rabbit population in the area south west of Purkiss street makes off leash running of a dog not appropriate - The Taylor river south of Purkiss street dries up during summer therefore no water is available for dogs to drink, play, cool in. - The Taylor river area meets the councils requirements for "Less Restricted Access" - There is no imperial evidence included in the vague statement from the council "Reason for change" to justify a significant change to the dog policy. - The new widening of the footpath allows for better co-sharing of the space - As an owner of 2 dogs that are walked together, to walk both on a lead on the path would create a significantly bigger hazard to other users of the path. Off lead, our dogs remain under control away from the path where other users are. - As a user of this space at all times of the day, dog walkers are by far bigger user group of this public space.
1) I oppose the change to the off/on-leash policy for the Taylor River. Continue to allow dogs off-leash with the Taylor River area. 2) Any future change to policies is evidence-based that is communicated as part of any proposal
Phil Grigg -
Lynette Rayner

Dog on leash areas
I oppose changing playground distance from 3 mtrs to 10 mtrs I oppose prohibiting dogs from Pollard Pard I support on-leash in the CBD I oppose changing to on-leash between Burleigh Bridge to Stuart Street
To not change the playground distance from 3mtrs to 10mtrs To not prohibit dogs on-leash at Pollard Park To change the CBD status to dogs on-leash To not make Burleigh Bridge to Stuart Street a dogs on-leash area.
Lynette Rayner -
Megan Bruce
Queen Charlotte College
Dog on leash areas
I strongly oppose making the walking tracks around Picton dog-on leash areas, in particular the Essons Valley - Humphries Dam and Barnes Dam tracks. For 22 years I have exercised my dogs regularly along these tracks, as well as the other Picton walking tracks, and had negligible negative encounters. Neither do I see a lot of dog poo along the tracks. More offensive is the human poo that is often "dumped" not far from the track. The Essons Valley tracks are particularly valuable for dogs and their owners as they provide shelter and protection weather all year round. In hot and sunny or blustery and wet conditions, Essons Valley is the best option to keep dogs and owners exercised safely and comfortably. Essons Valley tracks also provide a gentle incline which is manageable for the majority of people and dogs, young and old. Our ability to exercise freely is vital for the health and wellbeing of our dogs and ourselves. Do not take this daily pleasure away to punish the majority of people who do the right thing. We are particularly lucky to have amazing places to walk around Picton, and the tourists we meet, the majority of whom stop to pat my dogs and have a chat, are envious. Let's keep our tracks dog, and dog owner, friendly.
Do not make Essons Valley tracks, Tirohanga track, and Victoria Domain dog on-leash areas.
Megan Bruce - Queen Charlotte College
Roslyn Kooistra

Dog on leash areas
I oppose all the changes above. Most dogs are well behaved and have responsible owners. For the few who are the exception there are already systems in place to manage a breach of bylaw e.g. reporting of a dangerous dog to Animal Control. I do not agree with dogs being allowed in the CBD as even if you pick up after them there can be a smear left behind and also if they wee there is not much you can do about it. This is different to outside of the CBD where there are less eating places around. I do not agree that the distance around playgrounds need be increased as at three meters a dog is already away from the playground. I do not agree that dogs should be prohibited from Ward Beach and Pollard Park as there are already so few places in Marlborough, and more particularly Blenheim, where a person can walk their dog.
To keep the bylaws as they are and not to proceed with any of the above proposals. Thank you.
Roslyn Kooistra -
Karen MacDonald

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the change of leash ruling on walking tracks in the Esson’s Valley and Along the length of the Snout in Picton. Walking the tracks provide relaxed exercise for both dog and owner, more than just a run in the dog park for the dog. It promotes exercise for both the dog and owner.Using a leash actually makes it more difficult for multiple users with having the dog leads to also navigate when passing. Dogs are more relaxed off leash, and more protective of their owners when on leash in this environment. No basis for the change has been put forward to justify the reduction in opportunities to properly exercise our canine partners.
Continue to allow owners to walk their dogs off leash along the walking tracks.
Karen MacDonald -
Karen MacDonald

Dog on leash areas
I request that the provision to allow dogs use of the foreshore walkways in Picton be retained. This wording has disappeared from the proposed review, and is an important access way to allow the reaching of water services connecting to the town to the Marlborough Sounds. Living in the Queen Charlotte Sound with my dog means I have Occasion to bring my dog to town with me, and need to access these jetties/wharves without contravening bylaws. The map suggests no change, however the wording has been omitted and thus removing this current exception to the foreshore no dogs ruling. Please reinstate this exemption to make access to water transport legal.
Please reinstate this exemption to allow dogs on the foreshore paths, to make access to water transport legal.
Karen MacDonald -
Carolyn Hamilton

Control of dogs in public places
I oppose this Dog Bylaw as I am the owner of a beautiful dog who, is just over two years old and is shaping up nicely due to being able to run her free along the Taylor river. There are so few places that one can let there dog run free and be able to keep on training her, so that she learns to come to me, how to greet and meet other dogs, to use her ears and listen, to stop and wait beside me as I pick up her deposit and wait for further instruction. This is just a few of the things that I am training her for. If she is on a lead, I can no longer teach her these things, which I feel are crucial for her to learn. To take that privilege away is cruel to both owner and dog. I have personally seen dogs on what I call [the out of control leads] which are the retractable lead, dogs on such leads are more of a threat because, they are let to run to the end of it and annoy a dog who isn't even interested in that dog but choose to run wide around it, the then said dog runs round it's owner causing the owner to have the said lead round their legs, often more than once. We then get the blame and some how that is our fault! , when in reality our dog was staying away from theirs. I totally agree that all dogs should be controlled and if you have one who wont listen to your commands then that owner should take responsibility for there dog so that others who care and teach do not have to take the slag for others being irresponsible.
Is that the Taylor River dog run should still be that dogs can run free and owners be responsible.
Carolyn Hamilton -
Peter Webster

Dog on leash areas
I strongly oppose the proposed changes to dog control in the Taylor Reserve (Town area). Clarification of my position: 1. I am a dog owner who regularily excercises my dog most days of the week off leash at the Taylor River reserve area from Taylor Dam right back into town. 2. I am a cyclist (Mountain Biker) who regularly rides from home (Dillons Point Road to the MTB Park along the Taylor River Reserve. Currently, with the exeption of the Quay area dogs are allowed off leash. This needs to remain unchanged for a number of reasons: 1. Dogs need space to run around and interact with each other, this is essential for their social development. 2. The area available off leash needs to be easily accessable and close to town as there are a very large number of elderly dog owners whom currently use the Taylor Reserve area with the concrete paths to exercise their dogs. The off leash areas proposed, have no paths and are uneven ground which would be unsafe for these dog owners. There are also a number of owners using mobility scooters whom would no longer be able to exercise their dogs. 3. The majority of dog owners are very responsible, clean up after their pets, ,keep them under control, avoid interaction between their dogs and other area users. This proposed change seems to be following on from many other issues we all face these days - the complaints/whinging from a few end up with changes that affect/ inconvience the majority. 4. Cyclists who don't slow down and expect everone (walkers and dogs) to get out of their way are by far the greatest menace in the area, widening the path hasn't helped the situation at all. The walkers spread out more across the path and the cyclist go faster!!
Retain the current situation, as a current user of the area (dog owner and cyclist) there is no obvious conflict/issues with dogs and their owners, hence no reason to change.
Peter Webster -
Peter Webster

Cyclists exercising dogs
Oppose the changes. It is not safe to exercise your dog on leash while riding your bike.
No Change - allow dogs to exercise off leash with their owners either walking or cycling.
Peter Webster -
Peter Webster

Dog fouling in public places
While dog fouling is an issue keeping dogs on leash will not address this situation, the owners whom don't pick up their dogs faeces now will not change even if their dog is on leash. Their may be some improvement but will not eliminate the problem. The vast majority of owners do the right thing, unfortunately a small number (as in many situations) cause an issue for everyone else.
Retain the current off leash areas and install more bag dispensers and bins. There are currently none on the west side of the Taylor river, one is definately required by the Burleigh Bridge (Olive Grove side).
Peter Webster -
Peter Webster

Signage
Oppose changes to off leash areas - signage needs to be put in place/improved.
Council needs to improve/install signage in the off leash areas so that members of the public whom have an issue with dogs know which areas to avoid.
Peter Webster -
Debbie Struthers

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the new Dog on leash bylaw. Taylor river is one of the only places dogs can exercise freely in an open space. I have an extremely friendly old dog and have never had any issues while he has been walking there.
Continue to have dogs off leash at the Taylor River.
Debbie Struthers -
Louise Cartwright

Dog on leash areas
I appose any law that says dogs need to be on a leash along the Taylor River and i the golf course in Wairau Valley. The golf course is the only safe place for my dog to run, in the valley and we never walk in there whilst there are golfers playing. My dog has never pooed in the golf course and we always pick up after him. On the Taylor River, I am yet to see a problem with dogs running wild, and again, dogs need to be able to be able to have a little freedom to do their thing. Walkers and cyclists have to accommodate each other and we them.....it just needs a bit of consideration that's all
Not to enforce these rules of having to have dogs on leads in these areas
Louise Cartwright -
Bron Brown

Dog off leash areas
I have spent several years walking and cycling the town to Taylor pass area. I support dogs being off leashes. I am not a dog owner but have had no issues at any stage.
No to dogs on leashes.
Bron Brown -
Susan van der Pol
Marlborough Kennel Association
Dog on leash areas
We support the proposed changes to the designated on leash areas on the Taylor Pass river area, and to allow dogs in the town center on leash. Having been instrumental in holding the National Dog show in Blenheim in 2019, we appreciated council support by opening the town center for the month as a trial, which was very successful and well supported. The proposed plan still allows for a large off leash area to the western side of the Taylor River and south of the Burleigh bridge. The Eastern side of the Taylor river is now a very busy area and while the majority of dog owners are responsible and have well behaved dogs, there is a minority who create conflict with other dog owners and user groups due to lack of control. We fully support the proposed on leash area between the High street bridge and Raupo cafe as this area is close to busy roads and we believe there is potentially high risk for dogs off leash causing injury to themselves or to road users. A common complaint from users is the lack of poo bins in the above mentioned areas, and it would be appreciated for more bins to be installed to encourage responsible behavior. We also believe an area has been designated for a dog park and we feel completion of this would help resolve many of the issues.
To proceed with the proposed changes, provide more poo bins, and expedite the Blenheim Dog Park
Susan van der Pol - Marlborough Kennel Association
Susan van der Pol
Marlborough Kennel Association
Fees and charges
We propose that Dogs New Zealand Financial members as responsible members of the dog world get discounted dog registration and licensing fees.
To provide a discount on proof of membership of Dogs NZ
Susan van der Pol - Marlborough Kennel Association
Helena Brozova

Control of dogs in public places
I do not agree with new proposed law. I love taking our dog for walk seeing him happy meeting his friends running free. It's just pure joy and it encourages conversations between humans too. Very rarely you meet unfriendly dog and it makes the whole experience even more plesat. Instead you shoud consider to add more Dog Poop bins so people have no excuse to not tidy up if that's the issue. I have submited this request in several questionares from council and nothing has changed yet. Often I come across elderly person which is happy to have little chat and I hope I can make their day brighter. Meeting them elswhere than taking their little pooch and have chance to talk to them is possibly unlikely. So what I'd like to say it's great for all to be able to be free. Most dog owners are very respectfull and call their dog close if they see people are not comfortable with dogs. I hope this new proposed law wong go through for myself my our dog.
Place more Dog Poo bins and not to change current Policy.
Helena Brozova -
Victoria Rhind

Dog off leash areas
I walk daily with my two border collies and my 7 month old daughter in a pram from the Beaver Road carpark to the Burley Bridge and back (including allowing the dogs to swim in the river). This walk takes us up to 1.5 hours. I oppose the change in on/off-leash areas; especially along the Taylor River Reserve but also along the walks in Picton to the dams, and the banning of dogs in Pollard Park for the following reasons: -\tIt would be physically impossible for me to walk two dogs on leash as well as pushing a pram along this area of paved pathway. The areas that are proposed off-leash are in turn not suitable for a pram (or in the future children on bikes and scooters). -\tMy dogs need a lot of exercise, being a larger active breed. If they were to only walk on-leash they would not get sufficient exercise and would be more disruptive to our neighbours at home as they would bark etc. -\tThe majority of users of this area that we see are dog walkers with their dogs off-leash. This includes a number of elderly people who would not be able to walk on the uneven ground where the off-leash areas are proposed. -\tIf the proposed changes go ahead I can see the increase in the pull out style leads causing more conflict with cyclists than there currently is with dogs off-leash. -\tThose people who do not pick up their dog poo currently are not going to be incentivised to do it regardless of how their dog is controlled. -\tThe proposed areas that will be off-leash are areas that are subject to both Chilean Needle Grass and toxic agley, therefore are areas we avoid with our dogs currently. Additionally, in summer there areas provide no shade for people or dogs, along with no water in the river for the dogs to cool off. -\tBy pushing all the off-leash dogs into a smaller area, this is going to cause more conflict between dogs, than currently while they are spread out. -\tIn relation to Pollard Park, people like to take their dogs here to walk in the shade, away from the busy Taylor River, by removing this area you are removing this opportunity as well as a logical link between the north of town, the Taylor River and the CBD. -\tThe walks to the dams in Picton great off leash bush areas, away from a lot of people. There is great shade in summer. It is also a great spot to take dogs after getting off the ferry. It would be a shame for this to change. -\tIt is my opinion that the Council is trying to be seen as a dog friendly town for visitors etc by making changes to rules around having dogs in town; however the change in on/off-leash areas and the banning of dogs from Pollard Park seems to contradict this.
Retain the status quo in terms of dog off the leash areas
Victoria Rhind -
Gareth Shawcross

Dog on leash areas
I oppose the following bylaw proposal: On-leash area on the Taylor river’s right bank from Burleigh Bridge to Stuart St, and on the left bank from Doctors Creek to where the Ōpaoa and Taylor rivers meet. I oppose it for many reasons, but my main point being, dog's enjoy freedom too. They don't have the luxury of a cats life that wander the streets and decimate local bird life. We as dog owners enjoy seeing happy pets and at the same time enjoy the exercise.
The area as mentioned above to continue to be an off leash area
Gareth Shawcross -
Sally Higgins

Dog off leash areas
Firstly, I'm very impressed by the number of submissions along with the time, energy and thought that has gone into each and every one of them. I'm strongly opposed to the changes to the dog off leash areas along the Taylor River. It is the one place we really enjoy walking our dog freely and she particularly enjoys swimming in the river! We are very responsible dog owners who pick up after our dog and she is under voice command. We regularly meet similar owners with lovely, well controlled dogs and it would be a great shame for Blenheim to change what is currently a mutually enjoyable pathway for all. Additional to this, I'm sure dog control officers have much better things to do with their time than issue notices to non compliant owners should the changes go ahead, and why on earth did the Council spend a lot of money widening the path, if they don't want more people and more dogs to freely utlise the facility?
Do not endorse dogs to be on a leash at the Taylor River.
Sally Higgins -
Ryan Mcnabb
The Motor Centre
Control of dogs in public places
I strongly oppose the proposed changes to the dong control policy and bylaw review. The loss of off leash areas would severely impact the health and vitality of responsible dog owners. this would further impact the benefit of healthy exercise for both dogs, their owners and their families, children need room to play fetch chasing etc with their dogs, which homes with significantly smaller sections, simply does not allow. As a council, there are other methods to control fouling and additional problems. Speaking as an owner , the first issue to address would be providing more rubbish bins where dog excrement could be disposed of. The majority of dog owners are considerate and well aware of the necessity to ensure their dogs behaviour is appropriate and that all excrement is collected .
THAT THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE BYLAW ARE REJECTED
Ryan Mcnabb - The Motor Centre
phillip McNabb

Control of dogs in public places
I strongly oppose the proposed changes to the dong control policy and bylaw review. The loss of off leash areas would severely impact the health and vitality of responsible dog owners. this would further impact the benefit of healthy exercise for both dogs, their owners and their families, children need room to play fetch chasing etc with their dogs, which homes with significantly smaller sections, simply does not allow. As a council, there are other methods to control fouling and additional problems. Speaking as an owner , the first issue to address would be providing more rubbish bins where dog excrement could be disposed of. The majority of dog owners are considerate and well aware of the necessity to ensure their dogs behaviour is appropriate and that all excrement is collected .
REJECTION OF THE PROPOSED BYLAW CHANGES FOR DOG CONTROL
phillip McNabb -
Rebecca Vuletich

Dog on leash areas
I oppose Dog on leash areas in Blenheim, in particular, the Taylor River. Our dog and family enjoy a walk down the Taylor River and our dog is a very social dog, he enjoys socialising with other dogs and doesn't cause any trouble. It would be a real shame for his quality of life to have to have him on a leash when we are walking with him for the whole time as he is also a very energetic dog and needs and loves the fitness aspect. I believe that these aspects have not been thought about. There are very little places left in Blenheim where you can go for a nice scenic walk with your family and dog and enjoy it together without so many rules being imposed.
To enable dogs to be able to walk accompanied with their owner or carer down the Taylor River with leash off at owner or carers own will.
Rebecca Vuletich -
karen McNabb

Control of dogs in public places
I strongly oppose the proposed changes to the dong control policy and bylaw review. The loss of off leash areas would severely impact the health and vitality of responsible dog owners. this would further impact the benefit of healthy exercise for both dogs, their owners and their families, children need room to play fetch chasing etc with their dogs, which homes with significantly smaller sections, simply does not allow. As a council, there are other methods to control fouling and additional problems. Speaking as an owner , the first issue to address would be providing more rubbish bins where dog excrement could be disposed of. The majority of dog owners are considerate and well aware of the necessity to ensure their dogs behaviour is appropriate and that all excrement is collected .
that the proposed bylaw changes are NOT ADOPTED.
karen McNabb -
Jess McCone

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed dog control bylaw that dogs will need to be on a leash by the Taylor River. I do not own a dog, I have regularly run by the river for many years and have never encountered a problem with a dog. I believe if dogs were on a leash this would cause issues with runners and cyclists. I have two young children and we have often walked or cycled by the river, its been great for the kids to encounter dogs while doing this and having a positive experience. I've found when dogs are on a leash they can be more defensive or aggressive towards strangers than when roaming free. A benefit of dogs off leash is that they get to socialise with other dogs. It's an asset to Blenheim to have an area that is easily accessible for many to walk, run, cycle and exercise their dogs.
Keep the current bylaws without modification.
Jess McCone -
Stephen Thornton

Dog off leash areas
Taylor River Reserve - Dogs on leads proposed bylaw - I wish the status quo to remain as a bylaw. I have been a dog owner for many years, at present walking along the Taylor River on a regular basis. Over my time in Blenheim, 4 years, I have not witnessed any problems from dogs off leashes. Dogs are usually extremely well behaved and fully under the control of owner/s. There are problems about some people not picking up waste! Cyclists actually cause far more problems!
Leave the local bylaw as is!
Stephen Thornton -
Janet Everest

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed change to having dogs on leads along the Taylor River. This central leash free area provides a place where dogs can run free, socialise with other dogs, play and swim. I avoid weekends, public holidays and always pick up after my dog. I regularly use the grassed areas to throw a ball and have never had a problem with other reserve users. It would be devastating to all dog owners to lose the lease free aspect on the Taylor River.
Leave the area unleased and keep the current by laws without modification.
Janet Everest -
Jennifer Carruthers

Dog off leash areas
Taylor River Reserve - Dogs should continue to be allowed off leash at the Taylor River Reserve provided their owners can control them. In three years I have never experienced, or witnessed, a problem with a dog misbehaving. Cameras should be put in place, even temporarily, to capture footage of owners who do not clean up after their dogs - there are only a few and they do it regularly, I believe. Schools should remind their students that the cycle track is not meant to be used by 3 cyclists riding abreast. Bicycle bells should be compulsory on bicycles.
Leave the bylaw as it is.
Jennifer Carruthers -
Dog off leash areas
See attached letter
Leave things as they are.
Emma Chilton -
Emma Chilton

Dog prohibited areas
As per attachment
Leave things as they are.
Emma Chilton -
Anthony Walkenhorst

Control of dogs in public places
I oppose the proposed change to having dogs on leads along the Taylor River. as there are minimal places to have dogs off their leads. This is a great area to give the dogs a run around and play in the water. Cyclists should slow down in this area as they are the main danger for the dog and people.
Keep the current bylaws without modification.
Anthony Walkenhorst -
Carolynne Hammond

Dog off leash areas
My submission is about the area south of the refuse centre and north of Taylor dam. We are elderly with a small dog and enjoy strolling along the river bank on both sides we endeavour to do this during working and school hours to avoid the cyclists. Our dog loves the area and we have met a lot of our local residents because of our shared walkway and love of dogs, know dogs names rather than their owners, we walk relatively slowly so for the dog to get good much needed exercise se needs to be off lead. Our biggest issue has been with cyclists who travel too fast and often in groups no warning signals used and being partially deaf it is terrifying' the short track between Taylor Pass Rd down to river is where i have been clipped twice.
Leave the area unleashed, use signage that encompasses all users. Use Animal Control to police problem areas and also to stop dog abuse, too many cyclists towing dogs along in incredibly hot weather. Leave Taylor dam river area for dog swimming in the Summer. down the left of the first carpark.
Carolynne Hammond -
Carolynne Hammond

Cyclists exercising dogs
people exercising dogs on bikes is criminal in my opinion, they don't get off the bike to pick up faecal matter, half the time they have no idea where the dog is. I have seen dogs with bleeding feet being towed, I have also seen a dog so exhausted that it just stopped and then nearly got strangled, it is a despicable habit and incredibly selfish. Our summers and the pavements are far to hot. Animal Control should do more animal welfare it appears the SPCA doesn't have the resources for getting out in the field.
ban exercising tethered dogs while riding a bike.
Carolynne Hammond -
Jan Mackenzie-Mol

Dog off leash areas
I often take my dog for walks along the Taylor River walk way and enjoy meeting all the other dog owners and dogs. I have never encounted any problems when dogs are off the lead. They run, play, swim and all have a great time. It is when they are on leads and being protective of their owners you get issues.
Leave the area, leash free from High Street through to the Burleigh Bridge.
Jan Mackenzie-Mol -
Alistair Schorn

Dog on leash areas
The proposal to make the Taylor River Reserve, north of the Burleigh Bridge, a dog-on-leash area, is frankly ridiculous. Dog walking and off-leash dog exercise is one of the most common activities that Blenheim residents undertake in this area. The Taylor River Reserve, and the opportunities that it offers for family-based activities, including off-leash pet exercise, is one of the most attractive elements of living in Blenheim. Many other parts of New Zealand (let alone overseas) do not have the advantage of such a large, well-maintained and welcoming space within an urban centre. The proposed change would significantly reduce the attraction of this community asset. In proportion to the large number of dogs that are exercised off-leash by their owners in this part of the Taylor River Reserve, the number of negative incidents, either between two or more dogs or between off-leash dogs and pedestrians or cyclists, is negligible. I am a cyclist and regularly ride along this section of the Taylor River Reserve. Up to this point, I have had no issues with off-leash dogs, either in the form of aggression from these dogs or in the form of near-collisions with off-leash dogs. in fact, the biggest issue I have encountered in cycling along the paths on the Reserve is inattentive pedestrians and runners. Making this part of the Taylor River Reserve a dog-on-leash area, will only result in increased levels of resentment on the part of Blenheim residents towards Council. At the next local government election, any political campaign that includes overturning such a decision (should it go through) is highly likely to generate a great deal of support. Furthermore, the level of non-compliance with this regulation is likely to be particularly high. Given that another part of the proposed Bylaw deals with permitting dogs on-leash in Blenheim town centre, a far more sensible approach would be to designate the dog-on-leash area of the town centre as including a short section of the Taylor River front at the Quays, for example from the Alfred Street bridge over the river, extending under SH1 and the railway bridge.
To retain the Taylor River Reserve, from the Burleigh Bridge to the Quays, as a dog-off-leash area.
Alistair Schorn -
Jane Walkenhorst

Control of dogs in public places
I oppose the proposal to add "Pollard Park" and "Ward Beach" as places dogs are prohibited. Family gather and walk through the beautiful Pollard Park gardens and our dogs enjoy these family outings with us too (while on-leash). As for Ward Beach - it is a great place for dogs to run and exercise together while children play and we enjoy the sea. There are no sight-line issues, there is ample space, it is very well-bounded from adjacent areas and it is not a heavily used area by others...I see no issue here and cannot see a reason to prohibit them.
To allow dogs access to Ward Beach and Pollard Park as they currently do.
Jane Walkenhorst -
Jane Walkenhorst

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed change to having dogs on leads along the Taylor River. There are not enough places to have dogs off leads and this a a lovely and convenient place to take a dog and let them have a good run around of the lead. The increasing number of cyclists and particularly ebike along this area should not punish the dogs and their owners. eBike riders need to realize they are often going a lot faster than a standard bike and are often quieter. I can also see anissue with dogs on long leashes and cyclists become entangled in the leash, which could be a major hazard for both the cyclist and the dog. There are many places in Marlborough for cyclists to ride and very few areas for off leash dog walking.
To keep the current dog control bylaw unchanged.
Jane Walkenhorst -
Paola MOntanaro

Dog prohibited areas
I oppose in full he proposed Dog Control Bylaw. There are already few areas where the dog can enjoy nature. In Pollard park and on the river there have been no accidents and people enjoy to share their free time with dogs
To reject the Dog Control Policy and Dog Control Bylaw
Paola MOntanaro -
Margaret Fairhall

Cyclists exercising dogs
Reference to cyclist on a walkway cyclist have many options in choice of this activity. I believe there so needs to be areas that they are to utilise not a walkway that is designated for walkers and their dogs or people who have to be mobile because of age or recuperation from a disability or surgery.
Margaret Fairhall -
Margaret Fairhall

Fees and charges
Regard registration of my dog too costly for persons on fixed incomes. Waitomo District Council gives a discount to dogs that are well housed and cared for this encourages to look after the dog.
Margaret Fairhall -
Sharon Elrick

Dog off leash areas
I do not agree with the proposed change to having dogs on leads along the Taylor River. There are not enough places to have dogs off leads and this a a lovely and convenient place to take a dog and let them have a good run around of the lead. The increasing number of cyclists and particularly ebike along this area should not punish the dogs and their owners. eBike riders need to realize they are often going a lot faster than a standard bike and are often quieter.
continue to allow dogs off the leash as it currently is along Taylor river
Sharon Elrick -
Sharon Elrick

Dog prohibited areas
I'm not really a fan of dogs in town and probably won't take my dog into town if this is changed. I would be concerned about hygiene of dogs in town and people feeling intimidated. I am also thinking keeping dogs 10 m away from playgrounds is going to be difficult in some areas. It is going to be difficult to access some parks and definitely difficult to walk on the path in several parks
continue to ban dogs from shops. Allow dogs on leads in town. MKe dogs stay 5 meters away from playgrounds
Sharon Elrick -
Graham Woolley

Dog on leash areas
Don't stop dogs from being walked on a lead in Pollard Park. A great place for us oldies as it is shaded in most parts.
Allow dogs to be walked on a lead in Pollard Park. No dogs in childrens play area.
Graham Woolley -
Graham Woolley

Dog off leash areas
Most dogs need to be run off their leads and the Taylor River is a great place for this to happen. I find cyclists a great problem as they think they own the concrete Taylor River track. They don't let you know they are coming up from behind and most time do not slow down.
Allow dogs to run off leads on the Taylor River.
Graham Woolley -
Graham Woolley

Dog parks
A dog park similar to the one in Renwick to be built in Blenheim. No dogs in town centre.
Graham Woolley -
Sandra McNeilly

Dog prohibited areas
Don't stop dogs from being walked in Pollard Park. It is a pleasant, easy walk for elderly owners, as it is shaded on a hot day and sheltered on a wet windy day. Just prohibit them from the play area and keep on lead.
Allow dogs to be walked on lead in Pollard Park but not in the children's play area.
Sandra McNeilly -
Sandra McNeilly

Dog off leash areas
The freedom to run off lead must be retained along the areas by the Taylor River. Dogs need to run and get proper exercise. I have never met a nasty dog or had a problem. My dog is on lead because she has no recall, unless we go to the dog park, but travelling to Renwick isn't always practical. How about a dog park in Blenheim??
Allow dogs to run off lead in the present areas of the Taylor River.
Sandra McNeilly -
Sandra McNeilly

Dog fouling in public places
Cyclists are the problem, not the dogs, there should be a speed restriction on cyclists and they should be required to ring a bell when passing from behind.
No to dogs in town centre. A Blenheim dog park please.
Sandra McNeilly -
Beverley Wilson

Dog on leash areas
I was knocked off my bike by a dog a few months ago along the Taylor Reserve. Also the male nurse at the Hospital who attended to me had been knocked off his cycle several times and the physio and his sister. I am now too scared to use the area which I enjoyed very much. Thank you.
For dogs to be on leads along the river walkway.
Beverley Wilson -
Alan Watson

Dog off leash areas
Why spend all that money on making the path wider. If you are going to stop a lot of people from using it. Leave things the same as they are.
Make dogs off leash from Henry Street Bridge to Burleigh Bridge both sides of the Taylor River.
Alan Watson -
Carol McLean

Dog on leash areas
Dogs on leash in the CBD. I support this idea, as long as the dogs are under good control and the owners pick up any mess or fouling. I don't support dogs going into retail shops - other than guide dogs etc.
If you change the bylaw in any way - change it to allow dogs on leash in the CBD as well.
Carol McLean -
Clive Webber

Dog off leash areas
Dogs off leash areas: I would like the bylaw should stay the same as they are now. I have walked my dogs in these areas for the last 12 years and never seen a problem with other dogs. There is the odd bike that comes speeding past and a warning would be nice.
To keep the same rules as they are now, but would like the area behind dam to be off leash.
Clive Webber -
Eileen Stewart

Dog off leash areas
I support dog walkers to have off leash permission for their dogs between Monro Street and town.
Let the dogs have off leash permission to run/walk on from Monro St to town, both sides or at the very least - the paved side.
Eileen Stewart -
Frank Nelson

Dog on leash areas
I'm writing regarding the proposal to keep dogs on leads while visiting all or parts of the Taylor River Reserve. I strong object to any such restriction being applied to dogs/dog owners. In my experience dogs/owners using this area are very well behaved/responsible. They can and do use this area in happy union with other users and together they make Blenheim a richer and more attractive place to live.
Do not restrict dogs exercising OFF lead on the Taylor River Reserve.
Frank Nelson -
Leslie John McDonald

Control of dogs in public places
New Dog Control Policy. I do not wish to take my dog into the CBD I would sooner let my dog have the freedom of the Taylor River to socialise, run and play with other dogs. This is all about cyclists at least I pay a registration fee what do cyclists pay?
Leslie John McDonald -
Maria Nelson
Ratepayer
Dog off leash areas
I support dogs and their owners to enjoy off leash time along the Taylor River. The parameters of good control, public safety, good hygiene practice as always are applicable.
Leash free canines on Taylor River Reserve
Maria Nelson - Ratepayer
Murray South

Control of dogs in public places
I consider the proposal to change the current Taylor River flood plain walkway by restricting dogs without a leash to be foolish, unfair and unwise. I am a mountain biker who has cycled from town to the Burleigh bridge on the concrete walkways and have also walked along this route with visitors to the region (Economic Development - Smart + Connected) and also walked a dog without a leash. I consider that this walkway is a wonderful facility for a wide range of users, including unleashed dogs and their walkers. I strongly believe cyclists should share the walkway, travel slower and give way to other users. I have never had any problem cycling around dogs but did have a near miss by a tandem cyclist cutting the corner on the wrong side of the white line under the High Street Bridge.
Status quo ie unleashed dogs on both sides of the Taylor river walkway ie NO CHANGE. I do not wish to speak to this submission as I read that the Mayor will speak to his submission opposing the proposed changes as he is far more eloquent and persusasive addressing Councillors than I am.
Murray South -
Ian Shapcott
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Jill Caslick

Dog on leash areas
I oppose the proposed dog on leash only areas that would include: Taylor River, Whitehead Park, Riverside Park and Taylor Dam Reserve-vested. My reasons for opposing the proposed Dog Control Bylaw are: There appears to be ever decreasing off leash dog friendly excercise areas in Blenheim. Dogs require daily exercise and these areas are ideal. Taylor River Reserve and Riverside Park are prime examples where there is ample room for walkers with dogs off leash to exercise their dogs and other recreational users to enjoy the space Whitehead park should not be restricted in its use as an dog friendly exercising area. It is rarely used for any sporting events or sports training and should remain an off leash dog area without limitations. As a older person dog owner, it is imperative to have nearby areas to go to where the dog can run freely. Travelling to the Renwick dog park is too far from Blenheim and not a very inviting area. Please leave these areas as off leash dog areas. I am aware of tensions between dog owners and cyclists along Taylor River, however education and more tolerance would be more beneficial than simply restricting the freedom of dogs exercising naturally.
To remove the fire mentioned areas from the Proposed Bylaw.
Jill Caslick -
Arnaud Mallet

Control of dogs in public places
I oppose the proposed dog control bylaw
Leave things as they are
Arnaud Mallet -
Amy Faifai

Control of dogs in public places
I oppose the proposed dog control bylaw as it is a very silly idea. The Taylor river is the only place that dogs are allowed to run free off the leash.
Leave things as they are.
Amy Faifai -
Mary Besley

Other
I have exercised dogs along the Taylor River for over 25 years. There are very few problems considering the number of people who use the area and most dog owners are responsible. The biggest issue is the increase in recreational cyclists who travel along the Taylor River at speed and who are potentially a danger to older people and children in particular. The proposal to restrict dogs off leash to an area on the western side of the Taylor River that has no concrete paths has created a lot of stress for some older members of our community in particular those who live adjacent to the areas that have concrete paths. Dogs need to be exercised both on and off the leash. The Taylor River is a great resource for the whole community and most people use the area in a responsible way. It would be good to see if there are ways to separate cyclists from walkers and runners along the Taylor River. Possibly an investment in some more concrete paths dedicated to cyclists would work? The bylaw summary seems to be deficient. The proposal to restrict dogs off leash to remote areas of the Taylor River is not mentioned in the summary. This seems to be the issue that concerns many people. Please also allow dogs on leash in Pollard Park and Seymour Square. This is largely for the benefit of older people in our community. Also allow dogs on a leash in the Blenheim CBD as they are in the Picton CBD. Making the CBDs dog friendly will make the areas more attractive to both visitors and locals and should help local businesses.
Status quo for dogs on and off leash along Taylor River. Dogs to be allowed on leash in Pollard Park, Seymour Square and Blenheim and Picton CBDs.
Mary Besley -
Yvonne Walker

Dog off leash areas
I completely oppose making the Taylor River, between Burleigh Bridge and Stuart Street on lease for dogs. It is the only area in Blenheim that we can let our dogs run free and vigorously if need be, which is vital for their health and wellbeing. It is a beautiful place where dogs and their humans are socialising and very happy wandering, meeting and greeting others, getting great health improving exercise and enjoying the gorgeous Blenheim weather. Please do not take this from us. Cyclists and walkers have many, many other places to go if they don't like dogs.
Do not change the existing dog control law.
Yvonne Walker -
J Wiffen

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the reduction of Off leash areas. Once these areas are removed they will never be reinstated. Certain sizes and Breeds of dogs require regular and vigorous exercise to maintain their health and well being. This can be be obtained by Off Leash running and playing. They do not get the same workout on Leash and with Section sizes getting smaller they often have little areas at home in which to move around in. I have two Terriers that require a good run off lead multiple times a week - this helps them to be better behaved and settled whilst we are at work. I choose the Taylor river as this is within a small drive from home. We often do between 5 and 8k. If these areas are reduced it is penalizing good dog owners for wanting to keep their animals fit and healthy . In my time of exercising the dogs along the Taylor river I have never witnessed or had any dog interaction issues with other users. I have however noted the increase in e bikes and the Speed that Cyclists are now going along some of the pathways.
To Leave the Off leash areas unchanged
J Wiffen -
Nikki Lyall

Dog on leash areas
Pollard should allow dogs on leash access and a 5m distance from the playground.
Pollard Park should allow dogs on leash but should have 5m distance from children's playgrounds.
Nikki Lyall -
Nikki Lyall

Dog off leash areas
Leave the Taylor River as an off leash area for dogs
Taylor River to remain the same
Nikki Lyall -
Nikki Lyall

Control of dogs in public places
Dogs should not be allowed in the CBD as to many different people with different views overlapping
No dogs in CBD
Nikki Lyall -
Alison Zinsli

Dog on leash areas
I followed the link from a GreyPower email which said this was the site for a submission for the proposed dog bylaw which it clearly is broken. LOL I strongly disagree with the proposed bylaw to make the Taylor River walkway on lead only. For the last 18 months I’ve walked my two dogs along the river sometimes on lead sometimes, off lead and have not encountered issues with other users. We moved to Blenheim after visiting and seeing the beautiful walks along the Taylor River and knew this was a place that we could live in with our two dogs. It would be such a loss to the community if you take this wonderful facility away.
Alison Zinsli -
Tracey McKean

Dog prohibited areas
I oppose the prohibition of dogs in Pollard Park. I walk through Pollard Park early most mornings with our dog. It is the largest park I can comfortably walk to in the time before I start work each day. My dog and I love the opportunity to wander around this beautiful park and enjoy the established trees and well maintained gardens, the stream and ducks. We would be very disappointed if we were banned from using this park. :-( In the early mornings it is predominantly other dog walkers we encounter using the park. While I understand the concerns around children and dogs, I wonder if there might be a compromise for shared use, so the whole community can enjoy this park. Maybe dogs ae unable to enter the playground area and the duck pond on the playground side of the park, but dogs and their owners can continue to enjoy the rest of the park. It would be a great shame for dog owners to lose access to this park, especially as we need to encourage our community to make use of our parks and reserves for health and wellbeing. I love not having to get in my car to drive to a place I can exercise my dog. We should all be looking at ways we can drive less often! It seems crazy that the Council would ban dogs in one of our largest parks while opening up the town for dog access. I cannot imagine taking our dog to town, with issues of children and traffic and managing toileting. Please be sensible about this!
To contiue to allow dogs and their owners to use Pollard Park with restrictions around the children's playground.
Tracey McKean -
Margaret Nott

Dog off leash areas
I would like to oppose the new law for dogs on Leads on the Taylor River reserve. I have used the river reserve for a few years and never come across any issues with other dogs. On the odd occasion someone in a group of bikers will yell something out, but they need to learn to share the reserve, not bike 2-3 abreast and not to use the path as a race track and maybe move onto the grass instead of pushing people off the path and give warning when approaching from behind, not only dog get a fright but people do too. If this law goes though the council will have to up grade the areas suggested for the dogs as some areas are uneven for older people and people with scooter exercising their dogs. In some instances dogs become more aggressive when on leads. I walk the river daily and I see at least 90-95 % of people with dogs even people biking exercising their dog, it would be a shame to bring this by law into action and affect so many people. If dogs are not under control eg jumping up at people or aggressive their owner should have them on a lead.
allow dogs to be off leases on Taylor River Reserve
Margaret Nott -
Eric Driver

Dog on leash areas
For people to make a reasoned submission there needs to be a rationale provided explaining the background to this proposal. I have seen no such rationale. The backer(s) should also provide any interests they have in putting forward the proposal. Since it is highly unlikely that any dog owner would have made the proposal I can only assume it has come from a disaffected pedestrian -or more likely a disaffected cyclist. Therefore I strongly oppose the proposal in all respects and submit that the status quo remains.
The status quo remains for the Taylor River Reserve area.
Eric Driver -
Allan Butland

Dog off leash areas
We are strongly against any law change that would make it mandatory for all dogs to be on a leash while being excercised, particularly in the Taylor river reserve areas. We take our two little dogs there twice daily, and pick up their doggy "Dooos". They do not need to be restrained as I have them under my control. The one thing they love is to meet and greet other dogs in their usual way, and being restrained would limit this. They are very small elderly dogs and pose no threat whatsoever to other dogs or people. I would like the council to put this matter to all Marlborough folk, by way of referendum.
Make the Taylor river reserve areas completely off leash for all dogs.
Allan Butland -
Leah Gibson
Mississippi Herbs
Control of dogs in public places
I would like to see a larger area of the Taylor River reserve available for off-leash dog exercising i.e. from High St bridge south rather than Burleigh Bridge. Cyclists do NOT have the right of way, especially ebikes, so some controls on them would be more appropriate. Riverlands rail trail and Spring Creek cycleway do not appear to be on the schedule - or are they called by other names?
To allow dogs off leash between High St bridge and Burleigh bridge in the Taylor River reserve.
Leah Gibson - Mississippi Herbs
Leah Gibson
Mississippi Herbs
Dog prohibited areas
As a Farmers' Market stallholder I would like to see dogs (leashed) allowed into the market area. Failing that, the blanket ban on dogs at A&P Park should be relaxed to allow dogs to be tethered in the marked "dog park" areas near the perimeter walls, where there is shade and water is provided. This would save animals being left in hot cars and would enable more dog owners to attend the market for a longer period.
To allow dogs into the A&P Park area when the Farmers' Market is on.
Leah Gibson - Mississippi Herbs
Norah Blowers

Dog off leash areas
I support the Dog off leash area along Taylor river.
That we may continue to walk our dog along the Taylor river without a leash (we are responsible owners and always have a leash & doggy bag with us). To be able to be close to playgrounds while our dog is on a leash as we have a child too.
Norah Blowers -
Suzanne Beck

Dog prohibited areas
I oppose dogs being prohibited from the Queen Charlotte Lookout. Many people including myself walk our dogs up there and along walking track to Shakespeare Bay and beyond.
To leave it status Quo..
Suzanne Beck -
Mark Dix

Control of dogs in public places
I wish to vote AGAINST dogs on leads
Leave things as they are
Mark Dix -
Zoe Gray

Dog off leash areas
I am opposed to the restriction of dogs off leash along the Taylor River area. My family and I used the Taylor River for exercise before we became dog owners and had no problem with the other users. Dogs fouling along this area would not change by having the dog on a leash. Surely we can all respect each other and retain this area as a wonderful recreation area for all to use. There are not main places in central Blenheim for dogs to run freely, but plenty of access to walking and biking tracks.
To retain dogs being able to be exercised off leash along the Taylor River.
Zoe Gray -
Catherine Elkin

Dog on leash areas
I oppose the Taylor River being changed to a dog on leash area. This is one of the few places in Blenheim where dogs and owners can get out for a decent walk and socialize. I have walked and cycled here before and after we became dog owners and have never had any issue with dogs. Please keep it dog off leash - or substantially dog off leash.
To reject changing the Taylor River to a dog on leash area.
Catherine Elkin -
Catherine Elkin

Dog prohibited areas
I oppose changing Pollard Park to a dog prohibited area. This is an area that I enjoy with my children and my dog, on the leash. I've never had any issue with out of control dogs or dog fouling in Pollard Park.
To reject the decision to change Pollard Park to a dog prohibited area.
Catherine Elkin -
Catherine Elkin

Dog on leash areas
I support the decision to change the CBD to a dog on leash area. Dogs are under control, controls apply around fouling, allowing dogs in the CBD will encourage more people to leave their cars at home and exercise.
To accept the proposal to change the CBD to a dog on leash area.
Catherine Elkin -
Tayla-lee Posa

Dog off leash areas
there needs to be a area in town where dogs can be excised off leash. Taylor river reserve is ideal. If their are problems with dogs being aggressive or owners not picking up there dogs poop, and on leash by law will not address this problem.
Is to have Taylor river reserve a off leash place were dogs can run around free.
Tayla-lee Posa -
Ken Wilson

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed dog control bylaw that requires dogs to be on a leash on the Taylor river. We use this area frequently to walk, bike and exercise our dog and have done so for the last 3 years. It is a very friendly place for dogs and we have never seen or had any issues with dogs, or with people and dogs. It is a beautiful area that the council has developed and is used a lot by many people from all walks of life and we are all able to share it successfully. It would be a shame to loose this area of being able to let your well behaved dog run free, off leash, and would stop many people using this well developed public resource. We totally oppose this proposed change.
To keep the Taylor river from town to the Taylor dam, an area where dogs can be off leash
Ken Wilson -
Aleasha Cuckow

Dog on leash areas
I oppose the dog control bylaw. Blenheim is already so closed down to pets in town now the one free open space we have is to be taken away too?. People can use common sense when taking a dog for a walk. Taking away freedom of a place we pay for on our rates is total out of the question and to be honest its disappointing the council would even try this!.
Keep it the way it is. Or even relax a little bit!
Aleasha Cuckow -
Ben Blackman

Dog off leash areas
I do not support the Taylor river bylaws about dogs on leashes because they are there to have a run and let off some steam. Very unharmfull. How would you feel if you had a leash on when you wanted to go for a run? Wouldn’t call it much of a run? Would you?
Dogs off leashes around the Taylor river
Ben Blackman -
Rylee Funk

Dog off leash areas
Opposed to the proposed dog control bylaw. Let the areas where dogs do not need to be on a leash alone. Many dogs already have to stay home for hours (which is actually hard for them), this give them a chance to run around and play with other dogs. Also keeps owners proactive with their animals.
Do not pass dogs on leash law in new areas.
Rylee Funk -
Rob Lawrence

Dog on leash areas
Oppose any changes to current regulations. As humans we are considered the smartest animals on the planet. We are trying to manage and enhance biodiversity on numerous fronts and here we are in the Taylor River trying to exclude one critter from the environment. That can't be in the best interests of biodiversity. I use the Taylor River recreation area 3-4 times per week, either on foot or on bike but never with a dog. To remove the dogs would be liking removing people with baby prams, maybe cyclists, joggers, not to mention a mobility scooter. Every environment has its challenges but if removing dogs from the Taylor River, or confining thing to being on a leash is necessary, then we have run out of serious matters to deal with.
Maintain Status Quo.
Rob Lawrence -
Chris Mcanulty

Dog off leash areas
I would like the Taylor river to remain off-leash(but under control). I've never had an issue with bikes or other people and I've been walking for years down there.
for it to remain the same Off lead( under control)down by the river.
Chris Mcanulty -
Lisa Stanley

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the changes to the off leash area along the Taylor River. I walk my dog there several times a week. I am a responsible dog owner and always clean up after my dog. Its a wonderful place to allow my dog some freedom to run off leash while I walk or ride my bike.
Allow Dogs off leash in the Taylor River area
Lisa Stanley -
Katrina Fahey

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the changes to the dog off leash areas along the Taylor River. I think that dogs should still be allowed off the leash. This is a shared space. Most dog owners, including myself, are responsible owners and keep their dogs under voice control and pick up dog waste.
To keep the Taylor River as it stands with the present dog off leash areas.
Katrina Fahey -
Joey Beckett

Dog on leash areas
I oppose including Taylor River as an on leash area for dogs - this is the one place where I can walk my double pram and let my beloved dog run happily - my two toddlers love meeting other dogs too. Restraining dogs on leads near other dogs and rivers and space is just punitive. Taking our dog to the Taylor River as a family is an activity we all enjoy - I've never considered it a dangerous place so I don't understand why changes are even being proposed - if people are intimated by dogs then walk/cycle elsewhere - dogs aren't the issue here so please don't punish them.
Do NOT enforce dogs must be on a leash at the Taylor River.
Joey Beckett -
Rhyanna Culley

Dog off leash areas
Please allow dogs to be off leash in the Taylor River Reserve between Beaver road bridge and the Burleigh bridge. I have been walking my dog there for years off the leash as I have a small section and he doesn't have the room to get proper exercise in the back yard. On leash exercise is not enough for him or many other dogs around. Dog owners, walkers, runners and cyclists can all share the path, it's been widened so there is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the park. I very very rarely see anyone who can't control their dog in these areas. Living directly across the road as we do it doesn't make sense for us to have to travel in the car to get to another area of the river so we can exercise off leash.
Allow dogs off leash in the Taylor River Please
Rhyanna Culley -
Steve Riley

Dog off leash areas
Council staff seem to believe that dogs off leash along the Taylor River is creating conflict with other users. I don't think that is the case. But even if it is, it seems to me that Council has concluded that the perceived conflict between dogs and other user is caused by dogs being off leash. I personally think that cyclists using the area is not in keeping with other recreating activities (walkers and dogs). This area has been an off-leash area for years. It is an important area for dogs and their owners. Other activities (especially cycling) have come along later. They should not receive preference; rather they should modify their behaviour so as not to conflict with dog walking. The new bylaw is an over-reaction. First it targets the wrong users. Secondly education (of all users) and monitoring (by Council staff) should be tried before anything else..
Not to proceed with this bylaw
Steve Riley -
John and Glenis Duffield

Control of dogs in public places
We oppose the proposed plan changes re control of dogs along the Taylor river and support the status quo. In our 11 years of dog ownership in Blenheim and walking our Border Collie along the river we have found the vast majority of dogs are under control and if owners aren't confident of their dogs obedience most will have them on a lead. We have only ever had one issue and that was when another dog (pit bull) attacked ours but was pulled off prior to inflicting any injury. I would defy any councilor to give an active dog adequate exercise while walking it on a lead. I regularly take ours for a bike ride up the western side of the river between Purkiss street and the Taylor dam. Doing this with a dog on a lead is an accident waiting to happen. While not apposed to allowing access for a dog in the township on a lead it is not an option we would pursue. Blenheim currently has a great asset for walkers, bikers and dog owners and if council wishes to make it a safer place then maybe they should consider putting a limit on the speed that cyclists are allowed to travel along the paths
Retain the status quo
John and Glenis Duffield -
Mike Underwood

Dog on leash areas
that dogs should be allowed in all CBD areas on leashes as they are under the control of the owner.
To not prohibit dogs on leashed from Blenheim
Mike Underwood -
Jackie Ivory

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed bylaw for dogs to be on a leash in current off leash areas. I have several dogs and am wanting to return to my hometown of Marlborough. Here in wanganui, I run my dogs, off leash as they love ball throwing. As a responsible dog owner, I carry bags to pick up there poo, and leashes in case we come across cyclists, or elderly people out walking or other potentially unfriendly dogs who’s owners are walking on a leash. My dogs get so much enjoyment from there runs along the river and are part of my family. I’m truely hoping I’m not making a mistake by returning to my hometown if this means they lose the freedom to frolic and socialise with other dogs.
Please don’t restrict the off leash areas for our fur families.
Jackie Ivory -
Neroli Kay

Signage
Signage should be clear and well placed.
Clear signage.
Neroli Kay -
Neroli Kay

Dog prohibited areas
Access should be restricted (for dogs) where there is intense public use - CBD - Council. Obligated to minimise distress and nuisance. Hygiene at cafes, faeces and dogs marking territory a concern. I really appreciate the CBD being dog free but sad that the number of dogs in Pollard Park/Waterlea on and off leash is increasing.
CBD to remain dog free. Water/Pollard Park dog free.
Neroli Kay -
Neroli Kay

Dog off leash areas
Undisciplined and unruly dogs make walking the Taylor River an unpleasant experience.
Dogs on leash below Burleigh Bridge.
Neroli Kay -
Marion Trought

Dog on leash areas
Dear MDC I was upset to hear about dogs having to be on a leash on the Taylor Riverbank. It is one of the few easily accessible places for people with limited mobility and is a wonderful place for socializing for both dogs and people. I suggest that if dogs are considered a danger to cyclists that the cyclists slow down and drive to the conditions. Why are cyclists allowed on the footpath in the river reserve when they are not allowed on other footpaths? It is a privilege which some people abuse. Most responsible dog owners don't want anyone to be hurt ,and if warned by a bell will bring their dog to heel. It is when they are surprised by a fast moving bike coming up behind them that problems arise, ( as well as the abuse.) People just need to be considerate, which needs education not legislation. It would be a real shame that the enjoyment of such a wonderful asset is curtailed by unnecessary regulations, which man ... As well as my previous email (refer above) I would like to comment on prohibitions of dogs in Pollard Park. I have spoken to the people who work in the park and they have no problems with dogs being there, so long as the poo is picked up and the dogs are under control.
Marion Trought -
Marion Trought

Dog on leash areas
Ward beach is one of our favourite places to visit with our camper van and relax with our dog. I respect the fact that it is part of a working farm, fishing venture and an important place for birds. The dog is kept on a leash when we are there so that we minimise any disturbance to stock or wildlife. I would be very sad to see dogs prohibited from the area because of one or two irresponsible people. Maybe, instead of banning dogs completely we could be asked to keep them on a leash or contained, at all times. I hope these thoughts are of some use.
Marion Trought -
Merv Hughes

Control of dogs in public places
Let the dogs roam free. They need the exercise!
Off leash should remain the same.
Merv Hughes -
swan michel

Dog off leash areas
We as a family are against making the taylor river an on leash area. It is the only place we can take our dogs for a run with the bikes which is off leash and safe for the kids because the path is paved. If it became an on lead area it will be very unsafe when biking and we would not use it. Its bad enough we cant take our dogs to the wither hills park ( even on leads) to exercice.
To leave the off leash section at the taylor river as it is now.
swan michel -
Philip Jeffs

Control of dogs in public places
I am not a dog owner but I regularly use Pollard park and the Taylor river facilities. I do not support any change to the current by law. I see many dog owners and their dogs when exercising in Pollard Park and on the Taylor river walkways. I find the dogs and their owners add value to the environment. I find interaction with these responsible dog owners an enriching experience and any changes to the status quo would be disappointing and an out of proportion over reaction. The dog owners I experience in Pollard Park and on the Taylor river are very responsible and really love their pets. I use Pollard park and the Taylor river areas most days and would be disappointed to see any additional requirements imposed.
I would support the council retaining the status quo.
Philip Jeffs -
Sally Rainbird

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the new Dog Control Bylaw to prohibit dogs from the Taylor River Walkway being off leash from The Burleigh Bridge all the way into the town centre. I moved into town five years ago and have enjoyed the freedom to walk my ageing dog in this area. If the boundaries for off leash are moved, I would not be able to walk my dog from my property to the exercise area as she is getting too old to walk that far and she has a fear of getting into the car. It is very noticeable that there are many more cyclists on the pathway now and with electric bikes which were not there five years previous. Many of them are travelling very fast. I very rarely see badly behaved dogs but rather more badly behaved owners and cyclists. Cyclists who do not ring or have a bell to warn their approach. I witnessed an incident where two cyclists approaching from the rear of an elderley woman giving her such a fright that as she turned to see if she was safe, fell over and was on the ground obviuosly badly shaken or in fact injured. I do not know whether she did any serious harm as there were more than enough people already rushed to her aid. I was very worried for her, if she had broken anything that is the end for many. I have spoken to one party of teenagers who were not going to pick up their dog poo and asked them to please do the right thing. I have only had to do this once in 5 years. This walkway gives all occupants much pleasure and I do think none more so than the walkers who generally are taking their time, enjoying seeing their dogs socialise and exercise freely with the added bonus of the river to swim and play in on hot days. Cyclist tends to be in much more of a hurry and some use it as a means to get from A to B and are not appreciating the recreational aspects so much in my opinion. I can't work out why they don't use the Beaver Road/Eltham Road cycle path, same with the school kids. I suppose they worked out long ago that the river path was a much more logical route and is where the money could have been much better spent. Is there not enough restrictions being placed on us at this most unusual period with covid and everything? It's seems very oppressive/depressive to be loading us up with more needless restrictions. I'm sure we can all learn to get along and continue to enjoy the pleasure of our riverside walk with our dog companions given the same freedom to enjoy each daily adventure.
Leave the Taylor River Walk Way as is, dogs to be allowed off leash and under control unchanged.
Sally Rainbird -
Dale Lee Hayles

Dog off leash areas
I really love that fact that you can run the dogs down the Taylor river in town, my girl just loves it. It would be a real shame to loose this. I have never yet come across a dog off the lead that has been a nuisance or disobedient. So why penalize us? If you want to run and bike, you still have the freedom to do that anywhere, our pooches do not. Please don't take this away from us. It would be a huge loss to the canine community.
Leave the "Off lead" law down the Taylor river as it is !!!!
Dale Lee Hayles -
Ann Baker

Dog off leash areas
I understand that the wither hills farm park is prohibited to dogs, but available to cyclists and walkers. Please ensure there are plenty of other dog off leash places for our dogs. Any dog owner will tell you that they exercise more because the dogs need to walk and explore. Please encourage this activity!
to instigate as many dog off leash areas as possible in Blenheim and Marlborough as a whole.
Ann Baker -
Tony Gibbons

Dog off leash areas
I am very Opposed to the Dog on leash bylaw on the Taylor River. My young family and I have lived on the Taylor river for almost 9 years now and we have never seen any dangerous dogs or irresponsible dog owners. If anything the cyclists are the most dangerous thing that moves down the Taylor River. IF this bylaw goes through it would HUGELY affect our family and the way we choose to be active together including the dog.
To NOT make any changes to dogs off leash on the Taylor RIver.
Tony Gibbons -
Rachel GIbbons

Dog off leash areas
Having lived on the Taylor River for nearly 9 years I am very opposed to the new restrictions with the bylaw. I would like to say in that time I have never come across Dog Owners acting irresponsible with their dogs. As for the Faeces , for the amount of dogs that walk the river every day there is hardly anything on the ground, However the council could do with putting more rubbish bins and dog bags in place to combat this issue. As for any danger with dogs, I would like to point out that the cyclists are FAR more dangerous than the Dogs on the river. I have witnessed and been witnessed too Cyclists not moving out of the way for people with children on bikes and prams, expecting them to move out of the way. Not only that my dog has been yelled at and sworn at in front of my young child because he got a fright from a cyclist biking extremely fast. I have also seen how dangerous it can be with dogs on leads getting tangled with other dogs. This can cause huge problems and frustrations for people on paths. Cyclists have areas where they can bike freely including the main roads. Dogs and Children do not. If this bylaw goes through it will HUGELY affect my family and the way we choose to be active all together including with our dog.
To NOT make any changes to the Taylor River regarding dogs off leash.
Rachel GIbbons -
Stephanie Stratton

Dog off leash areas
I oppose parts of the proposed Dog Control Bylaw. Will the council provide dog owners with more dog exercise areas? Having one in picton and one in renwick is pitiful if you want to restrict dogs in other places. 10metres from playgrounds? How many parks does that completely outlaw? The Taylor river and surrounding footpaths have long been a perfect place for those that cant travel to walk their dogs. I understand the concerns, but does the consequence fit the actions? How many incidents have happened to call for this Bylaw. If the council wont provide better fenced area's for dog exercise, dog owners will continue to allow their dogs some freedom. I often take my dogs to the lucas st carpark for the Taylor river. There is always a dozen or more dogs there playing happily together while the owners all watch with leads ready. Dont take 5 steps backwards with this bylaw!!
To reconsider the bylaw. Give dogs and there owners safe fenced off areas or leave the Taylow river alone! Also how many people are complaining about dogs at Ward Beach??
Stephanie Stratton -
June Davies

Control of dogs in public places
I strongly disagree with the proposed bylaw – particularly in reference to have dogs on leads on the river. I am very much in favour in keeping the status quo. I want to ensure that we keep the Taylor River reserve as an off-leash area and Pollard Park. There have been very few complaints involving dogs. You shouldn't punish the many for just a couple of incidents. Most complaints are in regards other users. Why penalize dogs and their owners who currently get such pleasure from their daily walk along the riverbank. This will particularly affect the elderly such as myself as this is such an easy access area for us and we get lovely social connections from stopping and chatting with other dog walkers. Most dog walkers are courteous to other users – moving out the way, ensuring dog mess is collected etc. This is an area for all users to share and enjoy – not excusive to one type of user.
Keep the status quo particularly in regards Riverbank and Pollard Park
June Davies -
Julie Wichman

Dog prohibited areas
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Julie Wichman -
Julie Wichman


Julie Wichman.pdf
Dog on leash areas
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Julie Wichman -
Katrina Lange

Control of dogs in public places
I strongly disagree with the proposed bylaw – particularly in reference to have dogs on leads on the river. I am very much in favour in keeping the status quo. I want to ensure that we keep the Taylor River reserve as an off-leash area and use of Pollard Park for dogs & owners. There have been very few complaints involving dogs with only 2 fines in the past 2 years. Why punish the many for just 2 incidents? Most complaints are in regards other users. Why penalize dogs and their owners who currently get such pleasure from their daily walk along the riverbank. This will particularly affect the elderly as this is such an easy access area for them and they get such social connections from stopping and chatting with other dog walkers. Most dog walkers are courteous to other users – moving out the way, ensuring dog mess is collected etc. This is an area for all users to share and enjoy – not excusive to one type of user. I do hope council will see sense and act for the multitudes rather than the few.
keep the status quo - particularly use of Pollard Park by dogs and owners and off leash along Riverbank
Katrina Lange -
Roberta and Don Fraser

Control of dogs in public places
That dogs be permitted to exercise in Pollard Park, Taylor River from High Street to Raupo, the racecourse and golf course. I have observed that dog walkers are very good at cleaning up after their dogs and the ducks in Pollard Park create a lot more mess than the dogs.
Roberta and Don Fraser -
Roberta and Don Fraser

Dog parks
That dogs be permitted to exercise in Pollard Park, Taylor River from High Street to Raupo, the racecourse and golf course. I have observed that dog walkers are very good at cleaning up after their dogs and the ducks in Pollard Park create a lot more mess than the dogs.
Roberta and Don Fraser -
Roberta and Don Fraser

Dog on leash areas
That dogs be permitted to exercise in Pollard Park, Taylor River from High Street to Raupo, the racecourse and golf course. I have observed that dog walkers are very good at cleaning up after their dogs and the ducks in Pollard Park create a lot more mess than the dogs.
Roberta and Don Fraser -
Roberta and Don Fraser

Dog off leash areas
That dogs be permitted to exercise in Pollard Park, Taylor River from High Street to Raupo, the racecourse and golf course. I have observed that dog walkers are very good at cleaning up after their dogs and the ducks in Pollard Park create a lot more mess than the dogs.
Roberta and Don Fraser -
Russ Bonanza

Control of dogs in public places
Oppose proposed Dog bylaw partly. - Parks and reserves should allow off leash areas (Taylor River) or discretionary hours of off leash. - Playgrounds maintain 3m rule (provide benches or tie/ harness points at desired distance) - City permissible for on leash dogs
Oppose or reevaluate
Russ Bonanza -
Ray Frame

Dog parks
Dogs need a place to run free. Blenheim is an older person town and you can't expect older people to drive out of town to run their dogs. Bikers who are complaining can surely go on to the grass, most tyres are made for that other than road bikes. We are bikers, dog owners and walkers ourselves and we cannot see why people can't share the path with courtesy. It seems to work well in other towns where there is no small town syndrome. And dislike of dogs. Dogs do a lot for people's mental and physical health. As for dogs in town, I don't agree with that as not all dogs are friendly and not all owners would clean up and some people are scared of dogs. The only exception would be for people travelling from out of town that want to shop. The Council would do more good spending their time catching the humans that go to the river at night and party and leave a mess behind them.
Ray Frame -
Ray Frame

Education
Dogs need a place to run free. Blenheim is an older person town and you can't expect older people to drive out of town to run their dogs. Bikers who are complaining can surely go on to the grass, most tyres are made for that other than road bikes. We are bikers, dog owners and walkers ourselves and we cannot see why people can't share the path with courtesy. It seems to work well in other towns where there is no small town syndrome. And dislike of dogs. Dogs do a lot for people's mental and physical health. As for dogs in town, I don't agree with that as not all dogs are friendly and not all owners would clean up and some people are scared of dogs. The only exception would be for people travelling from out of town that want to shop. The Council would do more good spending their time catching the humans that go to the river at night and party and leave a mess behind them.
Ray Frame -
Ray Frame

Dog off leash areas
Dogs need a place to run free. Blenheim is an older person town and you can't expect older people to drive out of town to run their dogs. Bikers who are complaining can surely go on to the grass, most tyres are made for that other than road bikes. We are bikers, dog owners and walkers ourselves and we cannot see why people can't share the path with courtesy. It seems to work well in other towns where there is no small town syndrome. And dislike of dogs. Dogs do a lot for people's mental and physical health. As for dogs in town, I don't agree with that as not all dogs are friendly and not all owners would clean up and some people are scared of dogs. The only exception would be for people travelling from out of town that want to shop. The Council would do more good spending their time catching the humans that go to the river at night and party and leave a mess behind them.
Ray Frame -
michael smythe

Dog off leash areas
Oppose changes to reduce off-leash area Dogs should be allowed to be off-leash in the Taylor river area because: 1 This is the only area close to town for dogs to socialise and play 2 There is enough space both sides of river for everyone if cyclists respected other users 3 Ultimately status-quo means more people walk dogs and therefore get more exercise (we would not walk our dogs as often if they were to be on-leash and much easier to access east side of river via car) 4 Other users (Cyclists and walkers) have unlimited access to most of Marlborough - dogs do not! 5 the west side of Taylor river area is poorly fenced for dogs 6 the west side has no easy access between Burleigh bridge and Monro St a which means this is quite a long walk b many older people drive to the river to walk dogs and poor access may prevent older people being able to work dogs in proposed off-leash area
Taylor river (both sides of river) to remain as off-leash area
michael smythe -
Dianne Devlin

Other
Speeding cyclists along river are an issue. Most do not give any warnings. I walk daily with my small dog on a lead. The proposed restrictions penalise animals and elderly walking and exercising. Noisy minority complaints appear to get more response and penalise the pleasure of people walking their dogs. There will always be the few people that flout their own preferences. But generally dog owners are responsible and look after their dogs and their output. More cyclists use the river walkway than the barely used expensive Eltham Road cycle track which places school children and parents with young children in peril.
Allow dogs on leads along Taylor River and Pollard Park.
Dianne Devlin -
Margaret Saul

Dog on leash areas
I wish to make a submission opposing the proposal that dogs be required to be on a lease when on the Taylor River reserve. I walk the riverbank several times a week and it is a joy to see a dog being able to run free chasing a ball or enjoying the company of other dogs. I have at no time found dogs to be a problem. Bikers are more of a problem to me when they come at speed and pass me without any warning. The Taylor River is a close to town space where people with disabilities are able to let their dogs run free and get adequate exercise. Please don't take away this facility.
Margaret Saul -
Mike Ponder

Dog prohibited areas
I am totally opposed to banning dogs from Pollard Park. There should be more areas where dogs can be walked - but not on a lead.
To allow dogs in Pollard Park. Open more areas for dogs - not forced to be on a lead.
Mike Ponder -
Mike Ponder

Dog off leash areas
I am totally opposed to banning dogs from Pollard Park. There should be more areas where dogs can be walked - but not on a lead.
To allow dogs in Pollard Park. Open more areas for dogs - not forced to be on a lead.
Mike Ponder -
Jayne Kent

Dog on leash areas
I wish to make a submission against the proposal to restrict dogs to be on a lease on the Taylor River Reserve. Until my dog Pecan died some months ago it was a pleasure to take him to the reserve and allow him to have a free run. Because of my eyesight I was unable to drive to take him further afield but I was able to go to the reserve on a mobility scooter. Please do not deny other dog owners and their dogs this pleasure.
Jayne Kent -
Kate Ponder-West

Dog prohibited areas
I live next door to Pollard Park. It is beyond belief that I will not be able to walk my dog there if this bylaw is adopted. I am agreeable to dogs being kept on a lead in Pollard Park.
Allow dogs in Pollard Park - on a lead!!
Kate Ponder-West -
Helen Crowder

Dog fouling in public places
My dog needs to have time off leash to run (fast). I am 80 and would find that difficlt on a leash!! She needs serious exercise (Huntaway cross). I walk the back walkway (marina to marina) Picton to Waikawa every morning. Dogs who tend to be aggressive are always on a leash. My dog needs to run and I could not manage that on a leash!! The only dog fouling we see is through the Picton marina and Coat Hanger Bridge. Such are 'dogs on leash areas'. On the track dogs disappear in the bush and have never seen fouling there. The most dangerous are fast cyclists who don't alert they are coming and we have had very near misses from cyclists. Be kind to dogs please.
To allow dogs off leash Essons Valley and walkway marina to marina - Picton to Waikawa. Be kind to dogs with responsible owners, please.
Helen Crowder -
Helen Crowder

Dog on leash areas
My dog needs to have time off leash to run (fast). I am 80 and would find that difficlt on a leash!! She needs serious exercise (Huntaway cross). I walk the back walkway (marina to marina) Picton to Waikawa every morning. Dogs who tend to be aggressive are always on a leash. My dog needs to run and I could not manage that on a leash!! The only dog fouling we see is through the Picton marina and Coat Hanger Bridge. Such are 'dogs on leash areas'. On the track dogs disappear in the bush and have never seen fouling there. The most dangerous are fast cyclists who don't alert they are coming and we have had very near misses from cyclists. Be kind to dogs please.
To allow dogs off leash Essons Valley and walkway marina to marina - Picton to Waikawa. Be kind to dogs with responsible owners, please.
Helen Crowder -
Helen Crowder

Dog off leash areas
My dog needs to have time off leash to run (fast). I am 80 and would find that difficlt on a leash!! She needs serious exercise (Huntaway cross). I walk the back walkway (marina to marina) Picton to Waikawa every morning. Dogs who tend to be aggressive are always on a leash. My dog needs to run and I could not manage that on a leash!! The only dog fouling we see is through the Picton marina and Coat Hanger Bridge. Such are 'dogs on leash areas'. On the track dogs disappear in the bush and have never seen fouling there. The most dangerous are fast cyclists who don't alert they are coming and we have had very near misses from cyclists. Be kind to dogs please.
To allow dogs off leash Essons Valley and walkway marina to marina - Picton to Waikawa. Be kind to dogs with responsible owners, please.
Helen Crowder -
David Golding

Dog on leash areas
I do strongly object to the dogs on leash proposed bylaw on the Taylor River Reserve. I have walked a dog daily down the river for 26 years. In all that time I haven't seen any dangerous behaviour on the public by dogs. Not all dogs are well behaved, nor are we! Some dogs' droppings don't get picked up, just like the bottles, cans, plastics and paper. A new problem - E-bikes, scooters, skateboards going far too fast - no bells. Common sense and courtesy by all river users would solve the problems.
David Golding -
Christine Wilson

Dog off leash areas
I oppose in full the proposed Dog Control Bylaw.
To leave things as they are. I like how it is now. Please do not make any changes at all. Thank you.
Christine Wilson -
Susan Ramsay

Dog on leash areas
I support the proposal to have dogs on leash along the riverbank (Taylor River - true right from town to Burleigh Bridge). I used to cycle along the river bank four days per week but after being either rushed at or having dogs dart in front of my bicycle suddenly, I have stopped using the riverbank for cycling. Owners most often ignore what their dog(s) are doing.
Have the true right bank of the Taylor River from Burleigh Bridge to Stuart Street and the true left bank from Doctors Creek to the confluence of the Opaoa and Taylor Rivers, as on lease areas for dogs.
Susan Ramsay -
Susan Ramsay

Dog off leash areas
I support the proposal to have dogs on leash along the riverbank (Taylor River - true right from town to Burleigh Bridge). I used to cycle along the river bank four days per week but after being either rushed at or having dogs dart in front of my bicycle suddenly, I have stopped using the riverbank for cycling. Owners most often ignore what their dog(s) are doing.
Have the true right bank of the Taylor River from Burleigh Bridge to Stuart Street and the true left bank from Doctors Creek to the confluence of the Opaoa and Taylor Rivers, as on lease areas for dogs.
Susan Ramsay -
Allan Coburn

Dog on leash areas
I oppose the proposal to change the areas of Pollard Park, Churchill Glade and Waterlea to a prohibited area. I do agree to increasing the distance around playgounds that dogs are allowed.
That Pollard Park, Churchill Glade and Waterlea remains as on lease areas.
Allan Coburn -
Allan Coburn

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposal to change the areas of Pollard Park, Churchill Glade and Waterlea to a prohibited area. I do agree to increasing the distance around playgounds that dogs are allowed.
That Pollard Park, Churchill Glade and Waterlea remains as on lease areas.
Allan Coburn -
Other
I oppose the proposal to change the areas of Pollard Park, Churchill Glade and Waterlea to a prohibited area. I do agree to increasing the distance around playgounds that dogs are allowed.
That Pollard Park, Churchill Glade and Waterlea remains as on lease areas.
Allan Coburn -
Lindsay Parkinson

Dog off leash areas
I support allowing people to have dogs off leash along the Taylor River. I have been walking my dogs along there for a number of years and have never had any problems. With the widening of the paths there is plenty of area for people to walk their dogs and for cyclists. I see no reason for change. The river area is an asset for Blenheim that all people should be able to enjoy.
Remain at status quo - to keep the Taylor River Reserve, on both sides of the river, as a dogs off leash area!
Lindsay Parkinson -
Tania Forsyth

Control of dogs in public places
I oppose the proposed dog control bylaw, I need somewhere in town to exercise my dog and the Taylor river area is absolutely perfect.
To not Change the current rules around dogs off leash at the a Taylor river
Tania Forsyth -
Sandra Wiblin

Control of dogs in public places
i do not wants dogs on leashes compulsory Taylor reserve ares
to leave it as it is
Sandra Wiblin -
Sharlene Eden
Bluespeck
Control of dogs in public places
I support dogs in the CBD Blenheim on a leash. I have been to other place that accept dogs and he has been well received. I am a responsible dog owner with a small dog that I like to take out with me. He is social and well behaved. I find this therapeutic and relaxing to have him with me and enjoy a coffee at the same time. Therefore I fully oppose dogs restricted from this public area.
To allow dogs in the CBD of Blenheim
Sharlene Eden - Bluespeck
Angeline Woolf

Dog off leash areas
I wish to strongly oppose the proposed change to make areas of the Taylor River bank on-leash only. What is the reason(s) for the proposed changes? Is it because the dogs off leash are causing inconvenience to the cyclists? I walk my dog off leash on the river bank every day, and have done for many, many years and I have never seen any accidents or incidents involving off leash dogs. On the contrary, a dog on a leash is more likely to become tangled with another river bank user. The Taylor River reserve is family space, and that includes the young, the elderly, and our dogs, as they are part of our family. If the reason for the proposed change is that dogs off leash are inconvenient to the cyclists whizzing by, then perhaps it would be also best to leash the toddlers who can move unpredictably into the way of cyclists. Or perhaps to banish the hard of hearing who cannot hear the cyclist approaching. Cyclists have endless kilometres of roads to cycle on and mountain bike parks to test their skills on (and are more likely to have accidents on). Cyclists do not need to dominate the Taylor River reserve. Cyclists, and everyone, including our canine friends, should be able to share the space, play freely and enjoy the river bank.
To not implement the proposed changes and leave all on-leash and off leash areas as they currently are.
Angeline Woolf -
Heather Barnes

Dog off leash areas
I support dogs being allowed off leash on all tracks in the Victoria Domain and the Taylor River walkway. We walk our dog once or twice daily on Victoria Domain tracks and find that other walkers have control over their dogs and those that don't choose to walk their dogs on a leash. The main users of the tracks seem to be dog walkers and they should be allowed to continue to enjoy the tracks as they always have. A return of the rubbish bin to the park at the Sussex street entrance to the Victoria Domain would also greatly enhance the chance that people will pick up their dog's poo.
That the MDC continues to allow dogs to be off leash on all tracks (including the mountain biking tracks that currently have the "no dog" signs) in the Victoria Domain and the Taylor River track. A return of the rubbish bin to the park at the sussex street entrance to the Victoria Domain.
Heather Barnes -
Bruce Hammond

Control of dogs in public places
I oppose the restricting of dogs off leash on the Taylor River Reserve. They should be free to run freely and under control from town right up to the Taylor Dam. It is cyclists who speed and give no warning of their presence that cause safety issues. I am not in favor of dogs in the CBD unless they are service dogs.
To allow dogs to run free under control on the Taylor River Reserve in total. There is plenty of room for every one if we all obey basic social consideration.
Bruce Hammond -
Pam Ballinger

Dog off leash areas
I strongly oppose the proposed changes to this bylaw. During many years of dog walking in and around Blenheim, I have not witnessed or experienced any problems with dogs off lead in the areas permitted currently. This area allows socialisation and exercise of dogs & owners, improving health & welfare of dogs and people. Cyclists have multiple areas to bike on, & when on the Taylor river parks, they frequently force walkers off the path. Dog owners have limited access to “ off lead” areas within the Borough. I do not support dogs being allowed in shopping areas, being concerned for the comfort of those who do not like dogs. I do not support banning dogs from Pollard Park, but agree they should be on lead. The Park belongs to ratepayers & as a frequent dog walker there while enjoying the glorious gardens & surrounds.
Keeping the current bylaw. Reject the proposed changes to the dog bylaws.
Pam Ballinger -
Sue Voss

Control of dogs in public places
As an elderly pensioner with a small dog I'm very angry and disappointed at the new rules being suggested by our Council regarding dogs on leads along the Taylor River. The river walkway is a place we elderly can go and socialise enjoying watching our pets also enjoying the freedom of racing about that's not possible in our own backyards. Cyclists have the freedom to bike anywhere but seems cycles with tractor tyres and motors like to also use this area. No bells and fast speeds. We pay dog fees for "WHAT" and bring lots of money into vets and supermarkets. What do cyclists pay? Please don't change what's enjoyable for us.
Sue Voss -
Ariel Dawn Thompson

Dog on leash areas
Dogs leash or unleash - Dogs need to have good exercise and be free to run. I walk with 2 sticks and put my dog on leash if needed. I feel the bikes need to warn us earlier, not as they go passed and give us a fright. Also I walked NZ and Police told us to walk on the right facing the oncoming traffic which worked very well. Recommend could also work on our riverbed at the Taylor River or possibly close from Raupo to Monro Street only for on lease only. Dogs off leash chase the rabbits.
Ariel Dawn Thompson -
Ariel Dawn Thompson

Dog off leash areas
Dogs leash or unleash - Dogs need to have good exercise and be free to run. I walk with 2 sticks and put my dog on leash if needed. I feel the bikes need to warn us earlier, not as they go passed and give us a fright. Also I walked NZ and Police told us to walk on the right facing the oncoming traffic which worked very well. Recommend could also work on our riverbed at the Taylor River or possibly close from Raupo to Monro Street only for on lease only. Dogs off leash chase the rabbits.
Ariel Dawn Thompson -
Barbara Muir

Control of dogs in public places
I commend the Council for the planned changes to allow dogs on leash in the CBD.
Leave the existing restrictions on the stated areas as currently used along the Taylor River reserve, both side of river.
Barbara Muir -
Barbara Muir

Dog prohibited areas
I commend the Council for the planned changes to allow dogs on leash in the CBD.
Leave the existing restrictions on the stated areas as currently used along the Taylor River reserve, both side of river.
Barbara Muir -
Barbara Muir

Education
I commend the Council for the planned changes to allow dogs on leash in the CBD.
Leave the existing restrictions on the stated areas as currently used along the Taylor River reserve, both side of river.
Barbara Muir -
Barbara Muir

Dog on leash areas
I commend the Council for the planned changes to allow dogs on leash in the CBD.
Leave the existing restrictions on the stated areas as currently used along the Taylor River reserve, both side of river.
Barbara Muir -
Dog off leash areas
I commend the Council for the planned changes to allow dogs on leash in the CBD.
Leave the existing restrictions on the stated areas as currently used along the Taylor River reserve, both side of river.
Barbara Muir -
William Adams

Control of dogs in public places
I would like to submit my opinion on the proposed dog off leash on the Taylor River reserve. I walk this path both sides of the river at least twice a week with my dog off leash and have never had any conflict with other people's dogs or cyclists. I live overlooking the river reserve and have not had any worry with off leash dogs entering my property. There is a lot of people, incluidng myself, in the older age group who would not be capable of using the proposed off leash area as it is beyond their walking ability. Since the widening of the paths there are many more cyclists travelling it and many at speed but are mostly very considerate. Thank you, William Adams
William Adams -
William Adams

Dog on leash areas
I would like to submit my opinion on the proposed dog off leash on the Taylor River reserve. I walk this path both sides of the river at least twice a week with my dog off leash and have never had any conflict with other people's dogs or cyclists. I live overlooking the river reserve and have not had any worry with off leash dogs entering my property. There is a lot of people, incluidng myself, in the older age group who would not be capable of using the proposed off leash area as it is beyond their walking ability. Since the widening of the paths there are many more cyclists travelling it and many at speed but are mostly very considerate. Thank you, William Adams
William Adams -
William Adams

Dog off leash areas
I would like to submit my opinion on the proposed dog off leash on the Taylor River reserve. I walk this path both sides of the river at least twice a week with my dog off leash and have never had any conflict with other people's dogs or cyclists. I live overlooking the river reserve and have not had any worry with off leash dogs entering my property. There is a lot of people, incluidng myself, in the older age group who would not be capable of using the proposed off leash area as it is beyond their walking ability. Since the widening of the paths there are many more cyclists travelling it and many at speed but are mostly very considerate. Thank you, William Adams
William Adams -
Jules Taylor

Dog off leash areas
I strongly oppose the proposed Dog Control Bylaw changes as the owner of a dog that thoroughly delights in sniffing his way around the Taylor River. Our old Labrador enjoyed 13 years of this and our current dog wouldn't like being leashed (during COVID I followed the rules and had on leash and he certainly didn't enjoy the restriction!). The path widening, that as a ratepayer I have contributed to the cost of, makes it easier to share the space and, if everyone is more aware of what is happening around them, and the e-bike cyclists turn off their speediness while passing others on the path, we can all coexist happily. Further to this, I oppose making Pollard Park inaccessible to dogs....
That the status quo remains with respect to dogs running free and not on a leash at the Taylor River reserve and that dogs be allowed in Pollard park
Jules Taylor -
Josh Hammond

Dog off leash areas
I oppose changes to the off leash area along the Taylor River. This area is one of the few areas we can exercise our dogs off leash in Marlborough. It is widely used by many dog walkers and is an asset to the region to have a central riverside area where we can exercise and socialize our dogs.
Allow dogs to continue to run free along the Taylor River.
Josh Hammond -
Graeme Barsanti

Dog off leash areas
I oppose any change to the dog off lead on Taylor River. We walk this area most days and see many dogs off lead running and being controlled by their owners. The dogs need a large area on both sides of the river and cause no harm to people. Yes a dog could chase or run up to a person or child but all owners watch their dogs carefully and a word or command and the dog returns to the owner. over 2 years I have seen no dog cause concern. Most owners pick up the mess and I would say all dog owners who use the area from Beaver road to the dam respect other people using the walkway. If a cyclist complains then they should be banned from the concrete path as they do not give the people walkers or people with children much room. Why change something that has worked over 10 years. Do not change this by law re Taylor river.
Graeme Barsanti -
Murray Brooks

Dog prohibited areas
I wish to object to the proposed bylaw banning dogs from Ward Beach. I am dead against a total ban, instead if a change is needed why not make dogs on leads on the beach area. We often stay at the PoP property ( NZMCA ) owned by the Thompson family. We are fast coming to the stage that dogs are being banned from many in Marlborough.
Murray Brooks -
Wayne Thomas

Control of dogs in public places
I just think people who don't have dogs {like myself] need a break! Dog owners always tell you how well behaved their dogs are but they still jump up at you & lick your hands & sniff you're trousers. I'm also concerned that council will be unbiased in their decision's about these bylaws as they all seem to be dog owners!
keep Dogs Leashed & no dogs in the CBD.
Wayne Thomas -
Maggie Ander

Control of dogs in public places
We moved to Blenheim 8 years ago and have lived in the New Renwick / Omaka landing area. We loved the Taylor River Reserve and we frequently walked our little dog who is no longer with us. We loved the freedom, the vibe of people and pets..Although we no longer have a dog we do walk our grandchildren‘s dog We are in our 70s and walk here most days and have never been bothered by a dog whether leashed or not. Cyclists not alerting their approach is a problem, not the dogs
Please allow dogs not on a lead along the Taylor River at the New Renwick rd to High Street. Thank you
Maggie Ander -
Stuart Barnes

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the new Dog Control Bylaw as the majority of people I see using the Victoria Domain in Picton are dog walkers and have never seen any issues with dogs off leads. The trails around Picton need to be utilised as much as possible and imposing dogs on leash would only reduce the traffic on the trails. This is also my view on the no dog signs on the mountain bike trails on the Victoria Domain. Picton needs to appeal to domestic tourism (now more than ever) and having no dog signs around the Victoria Domain will only put dog owners off from visiting the town.
The decision I seek from council is to allow dogs off leash in the Victoria Domain and remove no dog signs from the mountain bike trails that were made by volunteers who were never consulted on the new rules for dogs.
Stuart Barnes -
Cynthia Stoks

Dog on leash areas
This is a supplementary submission, as I previously didn't notice the change in the Taylor River area to become dog on-leash only. I oppose this move as there should be a consistent area for dogs and owners to romp and play throughout town. If cyclists cannot stop in time for a dog playing then they cannot stop in time for children or slower cyclists.
Retain the status quo for dogs off-leash along entirety of Taylor River.
Cynthia Stoks -
Diane Vallely Ryan

Control of dogs in public places
I am opposed to the proposed bylaw that would mean that dog owners must have their dog on a lead along the Taylor River Reserve where currently a lead is not required. Dogs love to run, explore, sniff and play without the hinderance of a lead. There are some dog owners would would find having to keep their dog on a lead difficult due to the continual tugging. I know my husband and I would. We walk out son's dog while the family is a work and school. This runs energy off the young dog and means that he harks less when home. Please do not penalise the 80% of people who keep control of their dogs because 20% don't. Cyclists and some people without dogs would find that the long leads some dog owners use would be more hazardous that the dogs off the lead. Especially some cyclists who go too fast and fail to let walkers know they are coming. Long leads could tangle in wheels causing more frequent serious injuries that a dog who runs in front of a very fast moving bike. Cyclist who exercise their dog while riding a bike are also those who often do not see when the dog poops. You can't look where you are going to avoid colliding with other users and watch your dog at the same time. Those who walk dogs off the lead and do not pick up poop would do the same whether they have the dog on the lead or not. Legislating dog owners to have their dog on a lead is not going to fix the dog poop retrieval problem. Dog owners come to Blenheim for the freedom of being able to exerciser their dog off the lead along the beautiful Taylor River and this is a drawcard for attracting people to our beautiful town. Please do not take that away.
Allow dog owners to walk their dog along the Taylor River Reserve as they can now without the requirement of the dog being on a lead. Leave the current regulation as it is now with no changes
Diane Vallely Ryan -
Catherine Babin

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed change which states that dogs must be on leash in the Taylor River reserve..its a valuable space for locals to engage in healthy exercise and socialising, which is key for maintaining mental health, especially in these troubled times. It would a shame if this great space was used by less locals. Most of the dog owners and bike riders are responsible, it’s the few irresponsible users of the space that are generating the complaints.
No change on the dog control policy.
Catherine Babin -
Callum Anderson
Gear Up
Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed change which states that dogs must be on a leash in the Taylor River Reserve (apart from area adjacent to Battys/Purkiss). This area is an asset to our town, is central for all, and dogs and owners alike enjoy the freedom that this reserve enables. Dog owners need to be responsible and control their dogs (especially with cyclists riding in this area), but for the most part dog owners decide the most appropriate place to exercise their dog given their nature/behaviour (e.g. less socially friendly dogs are exercised at Wairau River along stop bank, as opposed to Taylor River Reserve).
Keep the Taylor River Reserve a 'dog off leash' area as it is currently.
Callum Anderson - Gear Up
Tori Mcrae

Dog on leash areas
Opposal of the proposed on leash area at the Taylor River.
To not pass this by-law.
Tori Mcrae -
Heather Noad

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed bylaw requiring dogs to be on lead on Taylor River reserve. This is the ONLY area locally where I can give my dogs enough exercise, 7 days a week. Please don't take this away from us. I have walked my dogs for 26 years off lead anywhere from town to the Taylor Dam and not encountered any problems. I am respectful of other users of the river and have my dogs under control at all times. The dog poo is always picked up and disposed of.
Please allow us to walk our beloved furry friends off lead so they can get the exercise they deserve each day.
Heather Noad -
Heather Deacon

Dog off leash areas
I oppose a reduction in the number of open spaces where dogs can be exercised off leash. The council needs to include sufficient areas for dog owners to freely exercise their dogs particularly as new residential areas are developed across the region. I support the allowing of dogs in the CBD on leash.
Reject the proposed restriction of dogs being exercised off leash along the Taylor River. Support the allowing of dogs in the CBD.
Heather Deacon -
Carol Cairns

Dog on leash areas
I am opposed to the restriction of dogs off leash along the taylor river area. Currently dogs are allowed off leash in this area. I support the status quo. The arguments about dogs fouling along this area would not change by having the dog on a leash, and i believe on the whole fouling isn't a huge issue currently. There will always be some who do not respect areas. Cyclists who are wanting the area for themselves are being unreasonable. Cyclists already have roads, The Wither Hills and a lot of cycleways, (which council has spent large amounts on) to ride their bikes. Dogs need more than just leash exercise. Running and chasing balls etc... TRhe other argument around dogs fighting is also not correct. I go with my very small dog just about every Sunday, and I have never had any issues with dogs attacking him. This is an area well supported by dog owners, and socialising dogs and proper exercise is a very important part of a dogs health and well being. The options for off leash dog walking is extremely limited. Blenheim already has a bad reputation throughout NZ for being dog unfriendly, lets not make that worse.
To keep the current off leash area along the Taylor River reserve area.
Carol Cairns -
William Udy

Dog off leash areas
I totally oppose the proposed dog control bylaw
To leave the present off leash areas in Taylor river reserve and Pollard Park, as they are. There is no good reason why all groups shouldn't be able to co-enjoy existing areas without imposing nanny state bylaws because of a complaint or two by a minority of people. Let all enjoy the present designated area as it is, in the interests of “everyone’s wellbeing", dogs, and humans.
William Udy -
Mark Allen
Allen Vineyard Advisory Ltd
Dog off leash areas
Our family oppose the proposed on leash by law for the allocated areas of the Taylor River Park. We have lived in Blenheim for 17 years and have always appreciated the rural belt that runs through the town allowing for families and their dogs to fully enjoy the freedom of the park. It seems extraordinarily sad to us that a Council proposal is prepared to curtail the enjoyment that literally hundreds of families and their dogs have cherished for the last 20 years or so. We have never seen any aggression between dogs - they thrive on freedom of movement both physically and mentally. Dog owners get tremendous satisfaction out of seeing that harmony. Fundamentally the proposed on leash changes are flawed for the following reasons: 1. Dogs on leads tend to become more aggressive. This will create tension between dogs and their owners and other dogs on leads and their owners. 2. Leashed dogs on a narrow concrete pathway will have 1 or 2 meters of play, and despite the best intentions to clear the path for bikers, there will be numerous inevitable tangle ups causing serious accidents with dogs being dragged into the spoke of a bike wheel and riders falling off. 3. I fully appreciate the pleasure of biking along the track, but far too many bikes do not have bells and many e bikes travel at speeds in excess of 20 kph. For a pedestrian it is actually very frightening when bikes come zooming up from behind, and if the walkers are going to have to move in a hurry with a dog on a leash, serious accidents will be inevitable. 4. The proposed area to the west of the river that will be leash free has no concrete pathway or means of getting there. The existing concrete paths were to assist disability scooters and those in need of walking aids to be able to enjoy the park. Many of those people have dogs and many find it much easier for the dog to be off its leash as the combination of a walking stick and a dog on a leash does not work. Inadvertently, it appears that the Council has not taken that in account leaving disabled and partially disabled people nowhere to exercise their dogs off a leash. 5. The only outcome we can see if the changes are made is hundreds of unhappy families and their dogs. We are living it strange enough times with Covid 19 and its necessary rules and regulations. Do we really need to add more rules and regulations with $20,000 threats of fines that will not enhance anybody's life - man or dog?
Stick to the status quo.
Mark Allen - Allen Vineyard Advisory Ltd
Bruce Dick

Dog prohibited areas
I oppose the proposal to allow dogs in the CBD if they are leashed. Not only are numerous people, including children, fearful of dogs there is signifigant potential for mishaps and accidents. Older folk are often frail and are at risk from falling when contacted by any object, especially animals, on their lower legs. Young children can impetuously rush at dogs causing the dog to react in a defensive manner. Dog lovers may consider their dogs clean, but they do carry various diseases which are transmissible to people, especially children.
To ban dogs from the CBD.
Bruce Dick -
Robin Jones

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the drastic increase on restrictions on off leash areas for dogs, especially along the Taylor River. This greatly impedes the opportunities for healthy outdoor exercise for both people and dogs, which is essential for health. As an older resident, I cannot adequately walk my dog on lead only because of my own limitations and rely on off lead areas for us both to exercise to meet our respective needs. There is no underlying rationale given for the proposed restrictions, which makes it impossible for the public to understand the change in use for this highly popular dog walking area.
To leave the respective on and off lead areas along the Taylor River as they presently stand.
Robin Jones -
Warren Burton

Dog prohibited areas
Regarding the Wairau Valley Township Recreation Area/Sports Park and Golf Course. I strongly feel that these proposed restrictions are unwarranted. I do not feel dogs that are under control in these areas are a problem, so long as the owners are responsible, which I feel they are. I live next door to these areas, walk my dog and have never had an issue. Where else could we go? apart from along SH 6?
Is NOT to introduce these restrictions
Warren Burton -
Gwenda Cavanagh

Dog off leash areas
I am opposed to the proposal that a substantial area of the Taylor River walkway from the Burleigh Bridge northwards should become an on-leash area for the following reasons: - as a town we are incredibly blessed to have this resource so convenient for so many and having watched it develop over the last 25+ years from permanent knee-high grass that my dog and I tramped through, usually without seeing another soul, to a mostly well-kept and extremely popular walkway used by a whole cross section of our community, it seems to me that this proposal is unfairly picking on a significant proportion of those users. - to have well-adjusted dogs they need good areas to exercise, play and socialise; the current availability of the Taylor River Reserve especially for many people, particularly older folk, who may be unable to travel to areas outside of Blenheim, allows this in abundance. It is a win-win situation for the health of both dogs and humans. In my opinion walking on leash all the time does not adequately allow dogs to be well stimulated. - people can choose a whole range of places to take their exercise, many of which are not available to dog-owners who are limited to approved areas. If you don't like dogs go to the places dogs aren't allowed! - considering the number of people who use the walkway whether dog walkers, pedestrians for any other reasons or cyclists, the number of reported complaints seem low and of the few altercations I've witnessed there seems to be more problems with cyclists than dogs. - in the Summer the stretches of the Taylor River from Monro St to the area close to town are often the only area dogs can swim, as much of the upper reaches of the river south of the Burleigh Bridge dry out; having to be on leash would not allow this. - if the on-leash rule were to be instituted for all of the east side of the river but the west side from Burleigh Bridge to Purkiss St continues to be off leash there is the potential for conflict with off leash dogs crossing the river especially when the river is dry. Personally we enjoy crossing the river as a way of varying a walk and exploring different areas.
Please leave the greater Taylor River Reserve as an off leash dog walking area. Larger, clearer signage at access points would be helpful then everyone knows exactly what can be expected
Gwenda Cavanagh -
Gwenda Cavanagh

Dog off leash areas
I support Shep's Park becoming a fully off leash exercise area. It's a nice alternative to walking the Taylor River with the main area set well back from the road and it being securely fenced on 3 sides it's a great place to allow a dog to chase a ball, etc
Please make Shep's Park an off leash exercise area with no restrictions
Gwenda Cavanagh -
Christopher Hill

Dog on leash areas
The Taylor river walkway has for the 23 years I have lived in Blenheim been an area where dogs could be exercised off lead. I oppose the change. Council has progressively made this are what it is not with poorly developed policies regarding cycle and walker sharing if pathways. There is far more danger to pedestrians from cyclists travelling at high velocity along the widened walkway with little or no regard to the safety of fellow users than there is from a resident responsibly exercising there dog off lead. I was clipped by a cyclist on their e bike while walking along the reserve on the widened reserve. You as a council have crated a dangerous situation for your residents using the walkways by erection of signage directing walkers to stay left. The walkway is not a road, it should be treated as any other footpath with the onus on cyclists to give way to pedestrians. It will only be a matter of time before someone is seriously injured here. AS for the proposal to leash dogs on the river. why has this step been even considered. Are there any complaints and if so how many, to justify such a proposal. Council banned dogs form Blenheim township on the basis of a small number of complaints. I have seen a number of dog owners at the river collecting signatures I opposition to the proposal, where is the mechanism to consider these? Don't introduce another piece of legislation limiting freedoms!
Amend the proposed bye law to remove the Taylor from on leash to dogs running free
Christopher Hill -
Liz Maw

Dog off leash areas
I strongly oppose the proposed dog control bylaw of making the Taylor River an on-leash area. This proposed change is draconian and would needlessly punish all responsible dog owners. Marlborough dog owners are already extremely limited with where they can exercise their dogs compared to most areas in New Zealand. Where is some transparency from the MDC of what has instigated this sudden reaction? Why and who deemed it necessary to propose this? As a daily dog walker down the Taylor River reserve for 25+years - I have never had any “negative interaction”. Any negative interaction has been entirely caused by the high speeds of cyclists and E-scooters, and I do not see any punitive punishment heading their way. Why is their behaviour not being examined and restrictions suggested? Reckless behaviour of these users should be assessed - not that of responsible dog walkers. The Taylor River reserve has been developed into an area which is used and enjoyed by many. It is a fantastic resource for the urban area of Blenheim and is the only off leash area to exercise dogs. Many people meet and chat while they walk and their dogs play. Impossible to do this with dogs that are leashed. Dogs can also become quite defensive when restricted and ‘trapped’ on a lead. They are social animals and need to run and play off the leash, especially the bigger breeds. This suggested bylaw change would also hugely disadvantage less able people and the elderly. Being forced to walk dogs on the leash while on a mobility scooter will cause huge disruption on the paths and may halt many getting out and about. The Animal Control contract holders are responsible for delivering the animal control service in Marlborough for the MDC. Our dog registration pays for this service and education is a major part of this contract. If the Taylor River reserve is such an ‘area of concern’ - to the point where a bylaw is seemingly required - why are these contract holders not down the Taylor River ‘educating’? If there is truly this much of a concern, then surely the MDC need to first look at the holders of the animal control contract and what they are doing (or not doing). Education should be in a much wider sense - not just ticking this box by popping round a few schools with a friendly dog. It should be comprehensive and include educating the public in ALL aspects of dog ownership. It would appear it is much easier for the MDC to propose a draconian by-law and punish everyone - even though this is neither warranted or needed. It does not make sense. All it does do is reinforce the perception of Marlborough as conservative, dull and backward. This suggested bylaw is a total overreaction by the MDC to something that is obviously not an issue. It is not well thought out and a regressive move by the council.
Leave the current off leash areas along the Taylor River reserve as they are.
Liz Maw -
Denise Evans
NA
Control of dogs in public places
Re/Taylor River dog on and off leash changes. I oppose these changes, it is difficult to understand why these changes are being made after so many years with the current requirements .??? You will be limiting the use of this large selection of the Taylor River When you restrict dogs off leash here. People meet in this section of the river because acccess is good, particularly for those dog owners who walk to the river. The pathes are in good condition for people with less mobility, there are lovely areas for the dogs to run free and socialise with one another. A very important aspect of this environment as it stands now is the very valuable social opportunities it gives to many older people who love dogs to meet up and chat with one another. Sometimes this will be the only opportunity a lot of people will have on a daily basis to interact with others. All of the comments in the above encourages and provides the possibility to do this. The proposed off leash areas do not. I am relatively new to the area and for the first two years of my being here walking in this area with my dog was the only social situation where I could say hello and briefly chat with others. It was very important to my well being on so many levels. Not just about my dog. Now a year or so further on I can see that this is an area where this valuable communication will continue for ever if the park is left as is for dogs off leash. If it’s people on bikes who are complaining why not make bike use on one side of the river only apart from when acccessing exits etc. Maybe it would be possible to make one side of this section of the Taylor River off leash. These proposed changes are very unfair to a significant number off people and their dogs. The Taylor River is a beautiful area of green belonging to the people of Marlborough. It is wrong to deny it’s use to a large number of us. Our dogs need to run free at times, I thank you for this opportunity to have my thoughts heard. Sincerely Denise
Please do not change the rules at all. If this is not possible (we need to be informed as to Why) please consider less punitive and drastic changes making off leash still possible in this area.
Denise Evans - NA
nick martin

Dog off leash areas
I oppose changing the off leash area of Victoria Domain to on leash. The reason is we as responsible dog owners have for many years exercised dogs freely on these walking tracks and have never experienced a problem in any way. To make this area on leash would seriously affect the ability to exercise the dog properly.
To retain the status quo of Victoria Domain as an off leash area
nick martin -
Gilly Lawrence

Dog on leash areas
I oppose the proposal for dogs to have to be on leash at the Taylor River reserve. I don’t own a dog, but walk on the Taylor River reserve every day. I love to see the dogs racing around, running free and getting exercise. Having walked along this area for the last 20 years I have never seen any issues. It is a joy to see all the dogs and their owners enjoying this wonderful area which is close to town and very accessible for everyone.
Do not enforce dogs on leash in the Taylor River Reserve.
Gilly Lawrence -
Thomas Peter

Control of dogs in public places
I oppose the the new Dog control bylaw, due to the common understanding that under New Zealand law we are entitled to own a Dog. Hereby the ability to walk said dog within reasonable distance to town is only a matter of common sense. You must have places for your residents to be able to exercise their rights as citizens, this is especially relevant in the modern world where city and council bodies have failed to allow adequate space for the average person to enjoy a walk yet alone a dog.
Common sense and some forward thinking for once!
Thomas Peter -
Dog on leash areas
Oppose change from off-leash to on-leash at Taylor River reserve
Keep current off-leash area at Taylor River
Kaye Ellin -
Kaye Ellin


Dog Submission.pdf
Dog off leash areas
Oppose change from off-leash to on-leash at Taylor River reserve
Keep current off-leash area at Taylor River
Kaye Ellin -
Linda Hook

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the Council bringing in a by-law, that dogs will have to be on a leash while at the Taylor River reserve. I walk my dog down there at least 4 times a week. Walking my dog is good for my mental health and the dogs, I have been doing this for 20plus years. Having a place that is central, where your dog is able to run off the lead is fantastic. The council made a commitment to keep this area off the lead for dogs. Dog parks are waste of time and frankly allowing dogs in town is crazy as well. Have a group of old, narrow minded E-bikers complained? These E-bikers that click along at 25km are the danger. I have lost count of the times I have been sworn at, the fact that I have to move off the FOOT PATH. I have seen bikers nearly run over dogs and people. So why aren't we banning or getting these E-bikers to ride on the grass? No we will make the dog owners suffer, make them drive further to walk there dogs. People who are on mobility scooters who walk there dogs where are they going to go. Families who walk their dog, as the kids are learning to ride a bike where will they go. Older people who don't or cant drive very far, they bring their dogs to run off the lead, met up and walk along that area. The Taylor River Reserve was an area FIRST where we can go to walk our dogs off the lead. Why wasn't the dog community asked if we wanted a Foot Path put in. Key word Foot path not a cycle race track. This area must stay as it is dogs off the lead.
Do not bring in a by-law that we have to have dogs on leads at the Taylor River, leave it as it is.
Linda Hook -
Rachael Tahuri

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed Dog Control Bylaw in part, specifically relating to the area on one side of the Taylor River Reserve. I think it is absolutely absurd that anyone should be seeking to restrict one side of the river to 'dogs on leash only' to accomodate cyclists. Cyclists can literally go and cycle any damn place they please e.g. along any number of the beautiful, scenic, country roads around here. The Taylor River Reserve is one of the only places where dogs can be taken off leash to socialise, exercise and enjoy themselves. If the side of the river with the concrete path is to be dogs on leash only, then people in wheelchairs or who need to use mobility scooters will either be forced to try to walk their dogs on leash on the path or go on the rough side of the river where there is no concrete path! Why do cyclists need the concrete path anyway?! They can cycle on the grass or anywhere else. The Taylor River Reserve area is not an appropriate place for cyclists to be cycling fast either. It is not a training path and frankly, there wouldn't be any accidents involving cyclists if they rode their bikes on any one of the perfectly good roads that are designed for them.
To keep the Taylor River Reserve, on both sides of the river, as a dogs off leash area!
Rachael Tahuri -
Diana Lawrence

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the changes to the Bylaw regarding the area Taylor River:  Along the true right bank (Blenheim town centre side) of the river, from the Burleigh Bridge to the Stuart Street; and  Along the true left bank of the river from Doctors Creek to the confluence of the Ōpaoa and Taylor Rivers I submit that Riverside Park be a Dog On Leash Area I submit that the remaining Taylor River Reserve should be kept as mixed use area including walkers, cyclists, disabled users and dogs offleash. I do not own a dog but have walked and cycled in this area for many years. I have not experienced any serious conflicts between users and do not believe that the complaints of one type of user should lead to impingment over others. The Bylaws already cover the control of dogs by owners using these areas. Education of all users to be considerate to other users is the key message.
Taylor River to stay as a Dog Off Leash Area
Diana Lawrence -
Sue Gibbs

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed changes to the Dogs Off Leash Bylaw. I regularly walk my small dog, off leash on the eastern bank of the Taylor River between Monro Street entry and Burleigh Bridge. The council has developed this amazing park that is currently under-utilised. Unlike the western bank the space on the eastern bank is very wide providing ample space for dogs to run freely without being intimidated by other dogs, cyclists or pedestrians. There are multiple entries, some with car parks, providing easy access for those less able to enjoy this beautiful facility with their canine friends. Over the years I have been using this area I have never witnessed any altercations between users, either canine or human. Please don’t pass this bylaw and restrict the pleasure that both dogs and their walkers so obviously enjoy.
Non- adoption of the proposed Off Leash Bylaw for the eastern bank of the Taylor River
Sue Gibbs -
Daniel Karena

Dog off leash areas
Taylor River Bank - Currently off leash.
DO NOT change the current off leash policy
Daniel Karena -
Jenna Innes

Dog off leash areas
Changing the off leash area along Taylor River to an on leash area for dogs
DO NOT change the Taylor River bank to a leashed area for dogs
Jenna Innes -
Jackie Jenkins

Dog off leash areas
I totally support being able to have your dog off leash along the Taylor River. I have been walking my dogs along there for 20 plus years and have never had any problems what so ever. There is plenty of area for people to walk their dogs and for cyclists. It is not all about cyclists.
The decision I seek from Council is status quo being the Taylor River remaining a leash free area.
Jackie Jenkins -
Mark Eliott

Dog off leash areas
A study of dog DNA has shown that our "best friend" in the animal world may also be our oldest one. The analysis reveals that dog domestication can be traced back 11,000 years, to the end of the last Ice Age. This confirms that dogs were domesticated before any other known species. Our canine companions were widespread across the northern hemisphere at this time, and had already split into five different types. Despite the expansion of European dogs during the colonial era, traces of these ancient indigenous breeds survive today in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. The research fills in some of the gaps in the natural history of our close animal companions. The findings have been published in the journal Science. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54690458. https://woofwoof.tv/17-year-old-deaf-and-partially-blind-dog-keeps-missing-toddler-safe-for-15-hours-and-leads-rescuers-to-her/
Unleashed dogs are able to exercise under supervision without restriction in the Taylor River walk way.
Mark Eliott -
Sharon Jordan

Dog prohibited areas
I am a responsible dog owner with three dogs. I obey the on/off leash areas and pick up after them. I don't agree that people take dogs into Blenheim CBD. From my experience there is quite a population that dont like dogs. There is also no grass areas for dogs to relieve themselves and accidents do happen. Fair enough people may pick up faeces but if it is a sloppy one, remnants can remain and then the smelly thing is deposited in a rubbish bin.
Give owners other places to exercise dogs around the town e.g Taylor River and other parks. Off leash areas are more enjoyable for dogs and owners. May be have one side of the river for off leash dogs and the other side for on leash dogs. I would also like to see a special dog enclosed exercise area like Renwick in Blenheim.
Sharon Jordan -
Sharon Jordan

Dog off leash areas
As we travel around in our caravan with our dogs when we enter a town we look for a area where our dogs can stretch their legs and Taylor river is a perfect place for that. Taylor River is perfect for owners and dogs to socialise.
Use Taylor River for for dogs off leash. One side could be on leash and the other side off leash. Have a look at other areas dogs and owners can enjoy off leash.
Sharon Jordan -
Lynley Keir

Dog on leash areas
I am opposed to the restriction on walking dogs on leads at Pollard Park. In all the times I have walked my dog there I have never seen anyone with a dog off lead or causing problems. Prior to a replacement knee operation I found it a wonderful safe and tranquil place to walk my dog on even pathways with seating along the way. I have noticed other elderly and health compromised people taking advantage of the park in the same way. There is nowhere else I can do this without traffic, bikes or dogs off lead. Please allow those of us that can't access rough and uneven tracks the opportunity to continue walking our dogs safely in a place of beauty.
To continue to allow dogs on leads at Pollard Park.
Lynley Keir -
Emily Gaspard-Clark

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the submission to leash dogs along the Taylor river. It gives dogs a place where they can get some proper exercise while safely interacting with other dogs. Some dogs aren’t good on lead and can become aggressive around other dogs when they are required to be.
Keep the status quo along the Taylor river
Emily Gaspard-Clark -
Margaret Anderson

Dog on leash areas
I am opposed to proposed changes that require dogs to be on a leash for almost all of the walkway along the Taylor River. I have walked my dogs off leash there for 16 years and have not seen any major dog problems. By requiring dogs to be on a leash rather than roaming freely will mean that the dogs will all be on the walkway and causing more congestion, as well as raising the risk of dog on dog incidents, as the dogs cannot move away from potential conflict, or through fear. This is enforced by the stipulated short length of leash allowed under these proposals. Dogs need more exercise than walking along a pathway, and many enjoy access to the river. I have seen that many people who would otherwise not be able to walk their dogs on the pathway rely on this readily accessible section of the path. This includes the elderly, people on mobility scooters, in wheel chairs, families with young children and/or prams, and anyone with a disability that reduces their mobility. Many of these people have dogs and cannot keep them on leash while using the pathway. My main concern is that with the ratepayers having paid for the extensions in width to the pathway, their access with dogs is being limited, no doubt to suit the other users, the cyclists. Many cyclists are well behaved and courteous, but some are riding too fast, are aggressive and behave like bullies to other users. Many do not have a bell or other warning device on their bikes and ride up fast or approach fast and yell at other users to get out of their way. Surely the pathway is for all who wish to use it, and not those who wish to travel at speed. I did enquire about speed limits for cyclists, but was told by the Police that as the MDC has designated this pathway as part of the cycleway to Ben Morven, a speed limit cannot be imposed. That is RIDICULOUS and dangerous. As for those few dog owners who do not pick up after their dogs, this will continue on the pathway, and be more of a nuisance than spread out over the wider area. It is unfair to restrict ALL dog walkers because of the neglect of a few. The alternative off leash proposal forces dog walkers into a smaller area across the river, causing higher density of dogs and raising the potential for dog on dog problems. It is on uneven ground, there is no pathway, and the access is more difficult, so also restricts use by those people who are less mobile. This is not an ideal dog walking area. There is also the issue of rabbits that I became aware of this year, with many carcasses lying about on the ground in that area. I was told that the rabbits had been poisoned to control numbers, and this is a major threat to dogs. I suspect that this as creating a "dog park" by stealth, to eventually ban all dogs from the other side of the river. I am sure that many dog owners/voters will be interested to see who in Council supports or opposes these proposals.
leave the dog access to the Taylor River area as it currently is.
Margaret Anderson -
Stuart Burrough
Vet Marlborough
Dog on leash areas
I oppose the proposed change to the bylaw that will require dogs to be on a leash in the defined areas along the banks of the Taylor River. It is essential that dogs have the opportunity to exercise off the lead, to allow them to exhibit their natural marking behaviour, scenting and exploring. They are social animals and need to be able to meet and greet other dogs. Scent and body language are essential for this. Restricting dogs to a leash increases the incidence of inter-dog aggression as it inhibits the ability to display these behaviours, and the dog feels the need to protect the territory around their owner, their pack leader. Because there is no dog park or alternative off-lead exercise are in close proximity to Blenheim, it will either necessitate travel to outlying areas, increases carbon emissions, or more likely reduce the amount of exercise and the beneficial physical and mental health benefits of this exercise for the dogs and their owners. Currently this amenity is enjoyed every day by countless residents of all age groups to exercise their dogs, who would all be adversely affected by this proposed bylaw change.
Reject this proposed change and maintain the status quo with regard to off lead exercise along the banks of the Taylor River
Stuart Burrough - Vet Marlborough
Stuart Burrough
Vet Marlborough
Dog prohibited areas
I support and applaud the Council's proposed change to the bylaw to allow dogs on a leash within the Central Business District. The trial while Marlborough hosted the national dog show was welcomed and proved that allowing dogs in to the CBD created no problems with regards to dogs being a nuisance, menacing or creating a problem with droppings left behind. The popularity of Raupo Cafe for dog owners with their dogs along the balcony is evidence of how popular this bylaw change would be. The benefits of dog ownership for their owners physical and mental health has been well researched, and any move such as this proposed change that will enhance the human-animal bond is to be encouraged.
Change the current bylaw as proposed to allow dogs on leash in the Central Business District of Blenheim
Stuart Burrough - Vet Marlborough
Jess Bond

Dog on leash areas
I oppose in full the proposed Dog Control Bylaw. Having moved to Blenheim recently with my whānau and dog, we were shocked at the limited places where we could take her to run. The only place she can go is the Taylor river and by making that an on lead area only in town it means we have nowhere to go. There isn’t a dog park, she can’t go in the hills and to be honest I can’t see why it has been proposed at all. Making families drive to the outskirts of Blenheim so they can exercise defeats the purpose. Blenheim is already very dog unfriendly. It’s bad for the mental health of dogs, people won’t exercise their dogs as often and that means their physical and mental health will be compromised. It shouldn’t be made harder to exercise if you have a pet. Having been here one year I have never once seen a dog problem with people down the river and if others are scared of dogs it’s easy to let the owner know until they have passed, and the river is wide enough to share anyway. I have also found it hard to work out what the proposed changes were as advertising in the papers left out that the Taylor river was to be lead only and only mentioned Ward Beach and Pollard Park which is misleading. So many families I know will be impacted by this and there is a lot of dissatisfaction with this proposal in the community.
To reject the proposed changes in full.
Jess Bond -
Lynne Hammond

Control of dogs in public places
I believe dogs should be allowed on a lead in public places because they are a huge part of many families and for some their best friend. They are social creatures and are used more and more to help people with stress and anxiety. They also ease loneliness and encourage exercise. I have been in many parts of the world and other parts of New Zealand where dogs are permitted in public places on a lead and have never seen any problems. For many older people they are their only companion. Most dog owners are responsible and respectful of property and people. Just like humans there are always exceptions. Instead of catering to the minority I would like council to consider the majority. Dogs are a huge part of many families.
To allow dogs into the CBD on a leash under the owner’s control.
Lynne Hammond -
Kerwin Omalley

Dog off leash areas
Oppose the new bylaw.
Oppose the new bylaw, specifically the introduction of leashes and the restriction of the off leash areas
Kerwin Omalley -
Russell Lindfield

Dog off leash areas
I absolutely oppose the proposal to change the current off leash areas along the Taylor River. At a time where more and more people are suffering mental illness and obesity, the last thing we should be doing is deterring people from owning dogs and exercising. There are direct health benefits to the mind and body through regular exercise and owning pets. If anything the use and speed of E-bikes along the river should be looked at. Some of these bikes can reach nearly 50kph and pose a far greater threat to the health and safety of others than dogs off a leash. Please don’t penalise the absolute vast majority of dogs and owners that pose no threat to other users of Taylor River.
Scrap any plans to change dog off leash areas.
Russell Lindfield -
Chelsea Munn

Dog off leash areas
There's not enough places that allow off leash dog walking as it is, I oppose making the Taylor River an on leash area. If the worry is cyclists then make one side of the river for bikes and the other for dogs or create a fenced dog park in blenheim as the closest one now is renwick.
To leave the taylor river as is.
Chelsea Munn -
Duncan Davidson

Dog on leash areas
I DO NOT support the proposal to enforce a Dog On Leash rule on the Taylor River in Blenheim. As a cyclist, I find dogs OFF leashes to be far, far easier to engage with and navigate around than dogs ON leashes. Enforcing an ON leash rule will very likely result in owners using very long, retractable leashes whi h will actually pose a far greater inconvenience and danger to cyclists than having dogs off leashes. I also oppose the on leash rule in that it will likely result in more dog owners having to drive further afield to walk their dogs off leash, with an increase in vehicle movements and CO2 emissions. Enforcing an on leash rule will simply increase frictions between different groups in the community. It would be better to see continued improvement and expansion of the pathway network along the Taylor River.
REJECT the proposal to enforce an ON LEASH rule along the Taylor River.
Duncan Davidson -
Duncan Bond

Dog on leash areas
I oppose the proposed bylaw. Most dog owners are responsible and reasonable people. Dogs need areas where they can run off lead and socialise with other dogs. The Taylor River reserve is ideal for this. It provides easy access for people of all ages and abilities to exercise their loved pets. Reducing the off-lead area to such a small area would force all dogs of all sizes and ages to be together and is totally unsuitable. As someone who regularly runs the Taylor River Reserve with my dog it is interest of our health to have a safe place to run. Running on tarmac is not suitable for dogs paws nor confining all dog owners into a small area where you increase the chance of more problems.
Not to limit the off lead area on the Taylor River Reserve for dogs
Duncan Bond -
Emma Chibnall

Dog on leash areas
I oppose in part the proposed changes to the Taylor river reserve. The area suggested for on leash control of dogs along the Taylor river reserve is too large. While I am a dog owner I am also a runner and frequent the Taylor river path, where I have encountered many dogs roving the footpath causing significant trip hazards. In saying this I would also like to walk to my dog off leash along the length of the river. I propose that the leashed area be restricted to the true right bank only, from the SH1 bridge to Doctors creek, as this is the most used section of path. While the full extent of the left bank and the remainder of the right bank remain off leash areas. This will satisfy both vulnerable users wanting to avoid dogs and those wanting to walk dogs off leash.
Reduce the leash control area of the Taylor river to only part of the true right bank.
Emma Chibnall -
Chris Hines

Dog on leash areas
I am for prohibiting dogs in the CBD (despite being a dog lover), with the exception of service dogs. I believe the CBD is for people to shop at their leisure without anxiety about dogs on leads. In some instances I believe that this would discourage some shoppers, elderly, and mothers with small children, those with disabilities to name a few. A lot of the ‘pro’s’ say that they would like to be able to take their dogs to town, meet with friends and have a coffee. I am a café lover and have determined which I think are the best cafes in town. Four of these are outside the CBD and would welcome dogs. It is not as though the ‘pro’s’ have no options regarding taking their dog to a café. I feel this argument is groundless.
Please prohibit dogs from the CBD.
Chris Hines -
Fiona Esplen

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposed bylaw. Most dog owners are responsible and reasonable people. Dogs need areas where they can run off lead and socialise with other dogs. The Taylor River reserve is ideal for this. It provides easy access for people of all ages and abilities to exercise their loved pets. The proposed area is unpaved and totally unsuitable for families with young children or pushchairs, many older people and/or disabled people. Reducing the off-lead area to such a small area would force all dogs of all sizes and ages to be together and is totally unsuitable. Speeding cyclists are more of a problem than dogs. I am both a cyclist and dog owner. I always ring my bell and slow down when passing pedestrians, but sadly I am the exception not the rule.
To maintain the off-leash dog area as it is and create a new path for cyclists only. Also to build a dog park in Blenheim like the Renwick one. I understand both funds and a site are already available for this. It would allow young dogs still being trained to be off leash in a safe environment for both themselves and people, and older dogs to have a good run around if their owners are themselves unable to take them for long walks for medical or any other reasons.
Fiona Esplen -
Fiona Esplen

Dog parks
Blenheim desperately needs a dog park. I understand that both funds and an allocated site are available for this. Young dogs still undergoing training need a safe area where they can run and socialise. This is how they become happy and well behaved adult dogs. Anyone, especially older citizens or those with medical conditions, who cannot walk for any distance need to be able to let their dogs run in a safe area.
Build a dog park in Blenheim
Fiona Esplen -
Toy Gevaux

Dog off leash areas
I am writing to oppose the proposed Dog Control Bylaw aiming to make the Taylor River Reserve an on leash area. Dogs should be able to un leashed (under supervision by the owners) which they can have a proper run around , there are not many places in the town boundary that dogs can do this.
I support Blenheim CBD allowing dogs on a leash, and also keep the Taylor River Reserve an off leash area no change
Toy Gevaux -
Laurence Etheredge
French Pass Residents Incorporated
Dog on leash areas
I have no objections to the bylaw as it is proposed, except I wish for French Pass to be included in Schedule 2 as requiring dogs to be on-leash. The village in French Pass includes the DOC French Pass campground, which is part of the French Pass Scenic Reserve, home to a population of weka. Visiting dogs are often running loose in the village and we have in the past week found two dead wekas by the waiting room at the end of the wharf. Dogs are known to chase wekas and have been seen doing so. It is an offence for a dog to injure or kill protected wildlife, but enforcement in a remote place like French Pass is challenging. Inclusion in the bylaw will enable us to erect signage advising the public that their dogs must remain on a leash.
Inclusion of the whole of the village of French Pass in Schedule 2 of the Bylaw as a leash-required area.
Laurence Etheredge - French Pass Residents Incorporated
NIGEL HOAD

Dog off leash areas
I strongly oppose the proposed changes to the off leash areas along the Taylor river reserve. If the Council persists with these changes it will increase conflict between users and make the environment more dangerous for pedestrians. Cyclists will feel even more entitled to travel at high speed on the shared pathways, without warning of their approach or slowing down. There should be no E motorized bikes on the shared pedestrian/cycle way. These heavy bikes, weighing around 30kg, are capable of speeds up to 30 to 45 kilometers per hour and are often carrying large people in excess of 100kg. The potential for them to cause severe injury or even death to a small child or elderly person in a collision is huge. The council has a responsibility to maintain a safe environment for everyone, especially the most vulnerable.
Leave the off leash area as it is. Ban all motorized vehicles, ie: e bikes from the shared pedestrian/bicycle ways. Make a bell on bicycles mandatory, educate cyclists in particular and police the area so all users can enjoy the reserve as it is.
NIGEL HOAD -
Sally Peter
Resident of the Flaxbourne District. Committee member of the East Coast Protection Group

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Control of dogs in public places
I support in part the proposed Dog Control Bylaw.
Signage is needed on the Coastal area from Marfells Beach to the Waima. At present dogs can roam free during nesting periods of shore line birds, in amongst the seal colony at Cape Campbell Lighthouse. This area is home to resident birds, including ground nesting, pippets, oyster catchers, gulls, terns and the Banded Dotterels. Migrating birds use this coast to rest and feed during their route both south and north, this time on the beach is critical to their survival, they have to feed at certain NZ coastal areas to maintain weight for their flight path. We witness almost every week, dogs running free, chasing birds, exploring gravel and dune lands where birds are nesting. The shoreline birds nest in the open and it is very hard to see the eggs and chicks, youngs chicks 'freeze' when frightened and sit tight, an easy target, and not often noticed by the owner, damage done in seconds. Dogs need to be on a lead at all times but I do understand as a dog owner that dogs need a free range place to run free and am sure a compromise could be found around the Marfells Beach, toward the saltworks intact?
Sally Peter - Resident of the Flaxbourne District. Committee member of the East Coast Protection Group
Kevin Gwynne

Control of dogs in public places
I strongly oppose allowing dogs into the CBD - town centre. There are plenty of places where owners can take their dogs. There are many cafes with outdoor eating spaces and we don't want dogs sniffing around ( or worse ) It is also dangerous for the sight impaired to have dogs in town, as its easy to trip over a small dog., or those with other mobility problems.
PLEASE do NOT allow dogs in the town centre.
Kevin Gwynne -
Heather Ramsay

Dog on leash areas
I object to the restrictions placed on the Taylor river walkways. I believe that the dogs should be allowed to run off leash, under control in this area. During a time of convalescent I used a mobility scooter to walk my dog regularly in this area. This would have been impossible in any other area and our golden retriever needs the space and freedom to sniff and run freely and consequently get a real enjoyment from her daily walk.
That the Council lifts the restrictions on the Taylor River walkway and allow dogs to run free.
Heather Ramsay -
Matt Gaspard-Clark

Dog off leash areas
I oppose the proposal to make take away a part of the Taylor River reserve from being a dog off leash area. Blenheim is already severely limited in areas for walking dogs off lead compared to towns of similar size throughout the country, further reducing this will make it even worse.
Leave the off lead areas of the Taylor River reserve the same.
Matt Gaspard-Clark -
Carey Yockney

Dog off leash areas
I would like to see the Taylor River Reserve remain an off-leash area for dogs. I have used this walkway daily for nine years and have thoroughly enjoyed walking/running my dog off-leash. The concreted pathway is ideal for people with mobility issues and the elderly to walk their dogs off-leash and for families with children who wish to skate and cycle while walking their dog off-leash. The new proposed off-leash area is full of rabbit holes that are a hazard to walkers and runners (not to mention covered in rabbit faeces) difficult for small children to ride their bikes on and not easily accessible to anyone with mobility problems. While there is always a minority in our community who do not pick up after their dogs, the majority of us are responsible dog owners who have control over our dogs and do pick up after them.
Taylor River Reserve to remain an off-leash area
Carey Yockney -
Reuben Molnar

Dog off leash areas
I am writing to oppose the proposed Dog Control Bylaw aiming to make the Taylor River Reserve an on leash area. It is a ridiculous bylaw, that fails to take in how important an area and asset the Taylor River Reserve is too walking/running your dog here in Blenheim and to the owners/dogs collective wellbeing. Myself like many others get home from work and take our dogs straight down to catch the last bit of sun along the river - my dog is hanging out to be unleashed, to mingle with other dogs and to be free. My own wellbeing is improved by being able do so. Possible suggestions - More signage around shared pathways further down towards Burleigh bridge would be essential - Sort out the rabbit situation on the far side of river I support the Blenheim CBD allowing dogs on a leash
-No change, keep the Taylor River Reserve an off leash area. - Support the Blenheim CBD allowing dogs on a leash
Reuben Molnar -
Sonya Slavka Barritt

Dog fouling in public places
I wish to object "strongly" the Council's proposed restrictions of not allowing dogs to run free off lead along the Taylor river reserve. I members of Dictatorial Council bothered to take the time to walk along the river banks and see the pleasure both rate paying citizens and their well behaved dogs, they would be thinking twice about such an unfeeling decision. How are the young mothers who also get pleasure in strolling along there with youngsters in push chairs also elderly people like myself expected to walk along a narrow rocky pathway? It is cruel to expect dogs to be on lead all the time as there are so few accessible areas to exercise our pets. I know there are sometimes confrontations between dog owners and cyclists but it is not a one-sided problem. They, the cyclist often ride fast and do not warn us of their approach. Therefore, scaring us and our animals. As for dogs fouling the area, these are few irresponsible who I have met occasionally and insisted they clean up after their dogs. Don't penalize all of us because of a selfish few.
To not be so single minded and try to penalize the majority fo responsible dog downers because of a few incidents. Continue to fine owners who disobey the rules by not cleaning up after their animals, educate dog owners when they get a dog and realize all dogs just love to feel free to enjoy themselves, give us all the pleasure we enjoy and, as a rule payer a pleasure I love. Don't be so "one sided" and dictatorial.
Sonya Slavka Barritt -
Sonya Slavka Barritt

Dog off leash areas
I wish to object "strongly" the Council's proposed restrictions of not allowing dogs to run free off lead along the Taylor river reserve. I members of Dictatorial Council bothered to take the time to walk along the river banks and see the pleasure both rate paying citizens and their well behaved dogs, they would be thinking twice about such an unfeeling decision. How are the young mothers who also get pleasure in strolling along there with youngsters in push chairs also elderly people like myself expected to walk along a narrow rocky pathway? It is cruel to expect dogs to be on lead all the time as there are so few accessible areas to exercise our pets. I know there are sometimes confrontations between dog owners and cyclists but it is not a one-sided problem. They, the cyclist often ride fast and do not warn us of their approach. Therefore, scaring us and our animals. As for dogs fouling the area, these are few irresponsible who I have met occasionally and insisted they clean up after their dogs. Don't penalize all of us because of a selfish few.
To not be so single minded and try to penalize the majority fo responsible dog downers because of a few incidents. Continue to fine owners who disobey the rules by not cleaning up after their animals, educate dog owners when they get a dog and realize all dogs just love to feel free to enjoy themselves, give us all the pleasure we enjoy and, as a rule payer a pleasure I love. Don't be so "one sided" and dictatorial.
Sonya Slavka Barritt -
Marion Preston
Canine Friends Pet Therapy
Control of dogs in public places
1. Dogs in CBD, even on lead and well behaved may lurch across another pedestrian's path, to make friends with another dog. Owners may be distracted looking at shop windows while walking through town with their dogs and accidents may result. Dogs are ok at cafes, such as Raupo, with its verandah but not in shops or restaurants. Town rubbish tine will also be used to dispose of bags of dog poop, so will smell. 2. Cyclists with their dogs running free are not aware of what the dog is doing behind them - so they do not poop scoop after their dogs. Also their dogs may interfere with other dogs, or if the cyclists dog is on a long lead, there is the potential for an accident if another dog comes up to play with it, or if it sees a rabbit. This is more likely if dogs are only off lead in the proposed area on the Taylor River west side. 3. The proposed off leash area is quite rough under foot and older people amy fall or have an accident when walking their dog. A lot of people have dogs in order to go out for walks and talks with other folk, as well as to enjoy our beautiful scenery. They will be restricted to the concrete paths and dog on lead cannot socialise or play with others when on lead. This will have an adverse effect on mental health. 5. One cannot get enough exercise in a dog park, though the dogs might, so people would have to then go out for a walk on their own as well!
Pollard Park should have som paths for dogs on lead, so toilets can be accessed and people can cut through from Parker Street to McLaughlan Street and the retirement villages. The wide bit of Taylor Walkway, opposite the only proposed part for off lead dogs, should be "off lead" too, as there is nowhere to sit on the free dog area and many people sit by Monro carpark and socialise while their old dogs potter about. *Please make it mandatory all cyclists to have bells which ring - the ones that only emit a high pitched ping are not audible to many older people!
Marion Preston - Canine Friends Pet Therapy
Marion Preston
Canine Friends Pet Therapy
Cyclists exercising dogs
1. Dogs in CBD, even on lead and well behaved may lurch across another pedestrian's path, to make friends with another dog. Owners may be distracted looking at shop windows while walking through town with their dogs and accidents may result. Dogs are ok at cafes, such as Raupo, with its verandah but not in shops or restaurants. Town rubbish tine will also be used to dispose of bags of dog poop, so will smell. 2. Cyclists with their dogs running free are not aware of what the dog is doing behind them - so they do not poop scoop after their dogs. Also their dogs may interfere with other dogs, or if the cyclists dog is on a long lead, there is the potential for an accident if another dog comes up to play with it, or if it sees a rabbit. This is more likely if dogs are only off lead in the proposed area on the Taylor River west side. 3. The proposed off leash area is quite rough under foot and older people amy fall or have an accident when walking their dog. A lot of people have dogs in order to go out for walks and talks with other folk, as well as to enjoy our beautiful scenery. They will be restricted to the concrete paths and dog on lead cannot socialise or play with others when on lead. This will have an adverse effect on mental health. 5. One cannot get enough exercise in a dog park, though the dogs might, so people would have to then go out for a walk on their own as well!
Pollard Park should have som paths for dogs on lead, so toilets can be accessed and people can cut through from Parker Street to McLaughlan Street and the retirement villages. The wide bit of Taylor Walkway, opposite the only proposed part for off lead dogs, should be "off lead" too, as there is nowhere to sit on the free dog area and many people sit by Monro carpark and socialise while their old dogs potter about. *Please make it mandatory all cyclists to have bells which ring - the ones that only emit a high pitched ping are not audible to many older people!
Marion Preston - Canine Friends Pet Therapy
Marion Preston
Canine Friends Pet Therapy
Dog off leash areas
1. Dogs in CBD, even on lead and well behaved may lurch across another pedestrian's path, to make friends with another dog. Owners may be distracted looking at shop windows while walking through town with their dogs and accidents may result. Dogs are ok at cafes, such as Raupo, with its verandah but not in shops or restaurants. Town rubbish tine will also be used to dispose of bags of dog poop, so will smell. 2. Cyclists with their dogs running free are not aware of what the dog is doing behind them - so they do not poop scoop after their dogs. Also their dogs may interfere with other dogs, or if the cyclists dog is on a long lead, there is the potential for an accident if another dog comes up to play with it, or if it sees a rabbit. This is more likely if dogs are only off lead in the proposed area on the Taylor River west side. 3. The proposed off leash area is quite rough under foot and older people amy fall or have an accident when walking their dog. A lot of people have dogs in order to go out for walks and talks with other folk, as well as to enjoy our beautiful scenery. They will be restricted to the concrete paths and dog on lead cannot socialise or play with others when on lead. This will have an adverse effect on mental health. 5. One cannot get enough exercise in a dog park, though the dogs might, so people would have to then go out for a walk on their own as well!
Pollard Park should have som paths for dogs on lead, so toilets can be accessed and people can cut through from Parker Street to McLaughlan Street and the retirement villages. The wide bit of Taylor Walkway, opposite the only proposed part for off lead dogs, should be "off lead" too, as there is nowhere to sit on the free dog area and many people sit by Monro carpark and socialise while their old dogs potter about. *Please make it mandatory all cyclists to have bells which ring - the ones that only emit a high pitched ping are not audible to many older people!
Marion Preston - Canine Friends Pet Therapy
Marion Preston
Canine Friends Pet Therapy
Dog fouling in public places
1. Dogs in CBD, even on lead and well behaved may lurch across another pedestrian's path, to make friends with another dog. Owners may be distracted looking at shop windows while walking through town with their dogs and accidents may result. Dogs are ok at cafes, such as Raupo, with its verandah but not in shops or restaurants. Town rubbish tine will also be used to dispose of bags of dog poop, so will smell. 2. Cyclists with their dogs running free are not aware of what the dog is doing behind them - so they do not poop scoop after their dogs. Also their dogs may interfere with other dogs, or if the cyclists dog is on a long lead, there is the potential for an accident if another dog comes up to play with it, or if it sees a rabbit. This is more likely if dogs are only off lead in the proposed area on the Taylor River west side. 3. The proposed off leash area is quite rough under foot and older people amy fall or have an accident when walking their dog. A lot of people have dogs in order to go out for walks and talks with other folk, as well as to enjoy our beautiful scenery. They will be restricted to the concrete paths and dog on lead cannot socialise or play with others when on lead. This will have an adverse effect on mental health. 5. One cannot get enough exercise in a dog park, though the dogs might, so people would have to then go out for a walk on their own as well!
Pollard Park should have som paths for dogs on lead, so toilets can be accessed and people can cut through from Parker Street to McLaughlan Street and the retirement villages. The wide bit of Taylor Walkway, opposite the only proposed part for off lead dogs, should be "off lead" too, as there is nowhere to sit on the free dog area and many people sit by Monro carpark and socialise while their old dogs potter about. *Please make it mandatory all cyclists to have bells which ring - the ones that only emit a high pitched ping are not audible to many older people!
Marion Preston - Canine Friends Pet Therapy
Marion Preston
Canine Friends Pet Therapy
Dog parks
1. Dogs in CBD, even on lead and well behaved may lurch across another pedestrian's path, to make friends with another dog. Owners may be distracted looking at shop windows while walking through town with their dogs and accidents may result. Dogs are ok at cafes, such as Raupo, with its verandah but not in shops or restaurants. Town rubbish tine will also be used to dispose of bags of dog poop, so will smell. 2. Cyclists with their dogs running free are not aware of what the dog is doing behind them - so they do not poop scoop after their dogs. Also their dogs may interfere with other dogs, or if the cyclists dog is on a long lead, there is the potential for an accident if another dog comes up to play with it, or if it sees a rabbit. This is more likely if dogs are only off lead in the proposed area on the Taylor River west side. 3. The proposed off leash area is quite rough under foot and older people amy fall or have an accident when walking their dog. A lot of people have dogs in order to go out for walks and talks with other folk, as well as to enjoy our beautiful scenery. They will be restricted to the concrete paths and dog on lead cannot socialise or play with others when on lead. This will have an adverse effect on mental health. 5. One cannot get enough exercise in a dog park, though the dogs might, so people would have to then go out for a walk on their own as well!
Pollard Park should have som paths for dogs on lead, so toilets can be accessed and people can cut through from Parker Street to McLaughlan Street and the retirement villages. The wide bit of Taylor Walkway, opposite the only proposed part for off lead dogs, should be "off lead" too, as there is nowhere to sit on the free dog area and many people sit by Monro carpark and socialise while their old dogs potter about. *Please make it mandatory all cyclists to have bells which ring - the ones that only emit a high pitched ping are not audible to many older people!
Marion Preston - Canine Friends Pet Therapy
Patricia Pearce

Control of dogs in public places
Dogs should be off leash between Burleigh Bridge and Monro Street. Cyclists have so much area for riding and dogs only a small free space off leash. Cyclists can always cycle anywhere. Dogs are limited.
Be fair for dogs, a good run is great fun and mixing with other dogs. Would humans like to be kept on lead, come on be fair.
Patricia Pearce -
Patricia Pearce

Dog parks
Dogs should be off leash between Burleigh Bridge and Monro Street. Cyclists have so much area for riding and dogs only a small free space off leash. Cyclists can always cycle anywhere. Dogs are limited.
Be fair for dogs, a good run is great fun and mixing with other dogs. Would humans like to be kept on lead, come on be fair.
Patricia Pearce -
Patricia Pearce

Dog prohibited areas
Dogs should be off leash between Burleigh Bridge and Monro Street. Cyclists have so much area for riding and dogs only a small free space off leash. Cyclists can always cycle anywhere. Dogs are limited.
Be fair for dogs, a good run is great fun and mixing with other dogs. Would humans like to be kept on lead, come on be fair.
Patricia Pearce -
Patricia Pearce

Cyclists exercising dogs
Dogs should be off leash between Burleigh Bridge and Monro Street. Cyclists have so much area for riding and dogs only a small free space off leash. Cyclists can always cycle anywhere. Dogs are limited.
Be fair for dogs, a good run is great fun and mixing with other dogs. Would humans like to be kept on lead, come on be fair.
Patricia Pearce -
Patricia Pearce

Dog fouling in public places
Dogs should be off leash between Burleigh Bridge and Monro Street. Cyclists have so much area for riding and dogs only a small free space off leash. Cyclists can always cycle anywhere. Dogs are limited.
Be fair for dogs, a good run is great fun and mixing with other dogs. Would humans like to be kept on lead, come on be fair.
Patricia Pearce -
Linda Campbell

Control of dogs in public places
Dogs should be able to be off the lead from the Burleigh Bridge to Monro Street with no bikes. There are a lot of other places they can go - on the grass.
Please be fair for all dogs to run around.
Linda Campbell -
Linda Campbell

Dog parks
Dogs should be able to be off the lead from the Burleigh Bridge to Monro Street with no bikes. There are a lot of other places they can go - on the grass.
Please be fair for all dogs to run around.
Linda Campbell -
Linda Campbell

Female dogs in season
Dogs should be able to be off the lead from the Burleigh Bridge to Monro Street with no bikes. There are a lot of other places they can go - on the grass.
Please be fair for all dogs to run around.
Linda Campbell -
Linda Campbell

Signage
Dogs should be able to be off the lead from the Burleigh Bridge to Monro Street with no bikes. There are a lot of other places they can go - on the grass.
Please be fair for all dogs to run around.
Linda Campbell -
Linda Campbell

Dog prohibited areas
Dogs should be able to be off the lead from the Burleigh Bridge to Monro Street with no bikes. There are a lot of other places they can go - on the grass.
Please be fair for all dogs to run around.
Linda Campbell -
Linda Campbell

Wearing or display of current registration tags
Dogs should be able to be off the lead from the Burleigh Bridge to Monro Street with no bikes. There are a lot of other places they can go - on the grass.
Please be fair for all dogs to run around.
Linda Campbell -
Linda Campbell

Cyclists exercising dogs
Dogs should be able to be off the lead from the Burleigh Bridge to Monro Street with no bikes. There are a lot of other places they can go - on the grass.
Please be fair for all dogs to run around.
Linda Campbell -
Linda Campbell

Neutering dogs
Dogs should be able to be off the lead from the Burleigh Bridge to Monro Street with no bikes. There are a lot of other places they can go - on the grass.
Please be fair for all dogs to run around.
Linda Campbell -
Linda Campbell

Menacing and dangerous dogs
Dogs should be able to be off the lead from the Burleigh Bridge to Monro Street with no bikes. There are a lot of other places they can go - on the grass.
Please be fair for all dogs to run around.
Linda Campbell -
Linda Campbell

Dog on leash areas
Dogs should be able to be off the lead from the Burleigh Bridge to Monro Street with no bikes. There are a lot of other places they can go - on the grass.
Please be fair for all dogs to run around.
Linda Campbell -
Linda Campbell

Limits on the number of dogs (multiple dog licences)
Dogs should be able to be off the lead from the Burleigh Bridge to Monro Street with no bikes. There are a lot of other places they can go - on the grass.
Please be fair for all dogs to run around.
Linda Campbell -
Linda Campbell

Fees and charges
Dogs should be able to be off the lead from the Burleigh Bridge to Monro Street with no bikes. There are a lot of other places they can go - on the grass.
Please be fair for all dogs to run around.
Linda Campbell -
Linda Campbell

Dog off leash areas
Dogs should be able to be off the lead from the Burleigh Bridge to Monro Street with no bikes. There are a lot of other places they can go - on the grass.
Please be fair for all dogs to run around.
Linda Campbell -
Clare Johnson

Dog off leash areas
I want the Taylor River to resume to walk dogs without a leash because this area is a very safe place to walk a dog.
Clare Johnson -
Linda Jordan

Dog off leash areas
I am moving to Blenheim as I appreciated the off-leash dog walking facility at the Taylor Reserve, especially for large dog breds. I have experienced a number of e-bike riders who appear inexperienced and somewhat unaware of the actions of other users. Most of the walkers I have met have dogs. None of these dogs have been out of control so why does it seem dog walkers are at fault and the ones to be penalised? Perhaps the off-leash proposal is biased towards cyclists.
I am against the proposal to have dogs on leash at the Taylor Reserve and suggest other options be looked at for cyclists.
Linda Jordan -
Oliver Vercoe

Control of dogs in public places
The footpath was for dog walkers, mothers with push trundlers, etc. The path now has male bike riders that travel at high speed and they need to go to a race track.
Keep the path as it was meant to be.
Oliver Vercoe -
Oliver Vercoe

Dog parks
The footpath was for dog walkers, mothers with push trundlers, etc. The path now has male bike riders that travel at high speed and they need to go to a race track.
Keep the path as it was meant to be.
Oliver Vercoe -
Oliver Vercoe

Wearing or display of current registration tags
The footpath was for dog walkers, mothers with push trundlers, etc. The path now has male bike riders that travel at high speed and they need to go to a race track.
Keep the path as it was meant to be.
Oliver Vercoe -
Lynley Neal

Control of dogs in public places
I am abolutely appalled that the Marlborough District Council are even considering allowing dogs into Blenheim's CBD. The CBD is NOT the place for dogs and their filthy habits of cocking their leg at every upright structure or shrub. Also defecating, which all dog owners do not pick up.
I sincerely hope the CBD remains dog free, and the only dog to be seen is a blind person's guide dog.
Lynley Neal -
Elizabeth Ken Clatworthy

Dog on leash areas
We oppose the proposed Taylor River "DOGS ON LEASH" areas for reason mentioned below: - (1) As ratepayers we have contributed to the cost of widening the footpath to the benefit of ALL USERS from Monro Street/Doctors Creek to Beaver Road Bridge. This should remain available to all users concerned. (2) My husband also exercises our dog and due to his disability he needs a LEASH FREE area with a good walking surface for mobility purposes and to have access to seating on both sides of the river from Monro - Beaver Road Bridge. To take this present 'OFF LEASH' area away would take away the independence of many disabled folk who exercise their dogs in that vicinity. We have used this present leash free area daily for the past 20 years and have never had a problem with the reasons you give for proposed change. Please do not make it a case of minority rules.
Is to allow "LEASE FREE" both sides of the river from Burleigh Bridge to Beaver Bridge so dog owners can have access to seating plus walking concrete pathway.
Elizabeth Ken Clatworthy -
Fran Scot

Dog parks
I have been living on the Taylor for some years now and walk there regularly. In all this time I have never been aware of problems related to dogs off leash. I am wondering where this concern comes from. A minority of people who don't like dogs perhaps? I would hate to see Council "cow-towing" to this minority.....not right!!
Retain the freedom for dogs to run and play by keeping policy and bylaw as is........
Fran Scot -
Fran Scot

Dog off leash areas
I have been living on the Taylor for some years now and walk there regularly. In all this time I have never been aware of problems related to dogs off leash. I am wondering where this concern comes from. A minority of people who don't like dogs perhaps? I would hate to see Council "cow-towing" to this minority.....not right!!
Retain the freedom for dogs to run and play by keeping policy and bylaw as is........
Fran Scot -
Sue Allen

Dog on leash areas
I am opposed to having dogs on leashes anywhere along the Taylor River as it is one of a very few areas in Blenheim where they can run free. I am not a dog lover and have always been wary of them since childhood, when I was chased by a corgi, but I have never felt frightened or threatened by any dog on my numerous walks along the riverside.
Leave this area for the dogs so no changes to the present bylaw.
Sue Allen -
Sue Allen

Dog on leash areas
I am opposed to having dogs in the Central Business District as it could be very unpleasant for people who dislike dogs and for the dogs. Dogs would not enjoy hot footpaths, noisy vehicles and being tied up while owners shop, which could lead to disagreements and dog fights. People like me who dislike dogs would shop less frequently in town and more often on-line which is not helpful to business owners. Would there be hitching posts to tie dogs to, would there be drinking troughs for the dogs, who would clean up footpaths after inconsiderate dog owners? Would ratepayers be expected to pay costs for the above? Our "Gourmetn Province" could have a "Crap Town" capital.
Sue Allen -