Observer – More should be done to meet needs of dogs and their owners

Observer, our Saturday independent columnist, suggests more should be done to accommodate the needs of dogs and their owners.

Walking the dog must be one of Uckfield’s biggest recreational pursuits.

You can hardly put your nose out of the front door without seeing someone and their dog(s).


Generally they are a sociable bunch and few will pass without a cheery greeting, and that’s just the four-legged ones.

The regular walks must be good for the health of both owner and animal so the activity ticks those boxes around improving people’s well-being – targets, which many local authorities have these days.

As a result, councils will run gyms, swimming pools, tennis courts, provide football and cricket pitches as well as accommodating organised runs in parks.

No provision

No complaints from me on that score but why is there no provision for dogs?

I ask because of the story this week of an Uckfield woman who has been thwarted in an attempt to establish a “play school” for canines at Buxted.

In Uckfield, many of the open spaces which are used for letting dogs run free have other uses, which can lead to conflicts. I am thinking of playing fields/sports pitches and nature reserves.


The new green park being established at Little Horsted as part of the 1,000 homes development at Ridgewood Farm is designed to take then pressure from the Ashdown Forest caused by dog walking.

The only problem is that virtually everyone will have to drive there.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an enclosed field within walking of distance of most townspeople where well-behaved dogs could run free in an enclosed space, with some basic facilities for the dogs and their owners.

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