No dogs in the block after referendum bans beasts
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Local Government
No dogs in the block after referendum bans beastsImage: Dog via Shutterstock
Tenants concerned about dogs and their owners have voted to ban the beasts from their tower blocks.
Residents of the Brookridge and Barlands high rise blocks on Crow Lane, Bristol recently got the chance to vote in a special canine referendum on whether the animals should be allowed to live in the buildings in the future.
An impressive 68% of tenants turned out to vote, with both blocks voting to become dog-free in the future.
Bristol City Council has consequently launched a 'dog free blocks' pilot at the flats.
Residents will now receive updated tenancy conditions.
Current dog owners will have to sign a 'responsible pet owner's agreement' and get their creature micro-chipped - and future tenants will not be allowed to own a dog at all (except for registered assistance dogs).
The council acted after following up on community consultation leads that tenants had concerns about noise, fouling and irresponsible dog owners.
The dog-free pilot will run until February 2015, and, if successful, may be rolled out across the city.
Katie Britten, from Landlord Services, who is co-ordinating the pilots, said: “We were really pleased – we had lots of tenants and got to talk about responsible pet ownership. The response was overwhelmingly positive and tenants were really pleased that the city council is taking action on this. I think it gives us a really positive foundation to tackle pet issues in the future."