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Dog exclusion

Dogs are excluded from all outdoor, enclosed children’s play areas within Carmarthenshire. Signs will be in place to inform the public that dogs are not allowed. It does not apply to sites such as tennis courts, skate parks, multi ball parks, sports facilities etc.

The order excludes dogs from all outdoor, enclosed children’s play areas within Carmarthenshire, and will be enforced where the council has erected signage to say that dogs are prohibited.

A children’s play area is an area that is set aside for children to play in and contains children’s play equipment such as slides, swings, climbing frames and other similar apparatus.

This order will not apply to sites such as tennis courts, skate parks, multi ball parks, sports facilities etc.

This part of the order applies to all enclosed children’s play areas in the county of Carmarthenshire that are open to the air and will be enforced where these have been identified as areas where dogs are prohibited by appropriate signage erected by or on behalf of the council.

For these purposes, land which is covered is to be treated as land which is "open to the air" if it is open on at least one side.

The order only applies to outdoor children’s play areas that are totally enclosed on all sides by fences, gates, walls or other structures that mark the boundary of the play area. This will make it easy for people to identify the extent of the area where dogs are not allowed.

If there is a children’s play area within your local park that is separated from the rest of the park, dogs will not be allowed in to the fenced off play area. This will not stop you from taking dogs in to the rest of the park.

Where there is an unenclosed play area within a larger park site, the exclusion order will not apply to it.

Some examples are given below. Please note, that the text below each photograph indicates whether the order will apply to the area in the condition shown in the photograph. They are included as examples to explain what a “enclosed children’s play area” is, and to illustrate situations where play areas will not fall within the order. Further works may be undertaken at some of the sites shown in these photographs, to bring them within the order.

Example 1

Example 1

This is an enclosed children’s play area. It is totally enclosed on all sides and contains children’s play equipment. The exclusion will apply to the fenced off area, but not to the park land that surrounds it.

Example 2

Example 2

This is an enclosed children’s play area. It is enclosed on all sides and contains children’s play equipment. The exclusion will apply to the fenced off area, but not to the park land that surrounds it.

Example 3

Example 3

This play area has fencing around it. However as there is no gate at the entrance, it is not totally enclosed. Therefore, the exclusion will not apply to it unless gates are installed to fully enclose it.

Example 4

Example 4

This play area has fencing and hedges around the majority of it. However, as there are missing sections of fencing it is not fully enclosed. Therefore, the exclusion will not apply to it unless further gates/fencing are installed to fully enclose it.

Example 5

Example 5


This not an enclosed children’s play area. Although it contains children’s play equipment it is an unenclosed play area within a general park. The play area is not enclosed on all sides by fences, gates, walls or other structures that mark the boundary of the play area and separate it from the rest of the park. Therefore, the exclusion will not apply to it, unless further works are undertaken to fully enclose the play area and separate it from the rest of the park.

Example 6

Example 6

This is not an enclosed children’s play area. It is a sports facility and does not contain children’s play equipment as defined in the order. The exclusion will not therefore apply to it.

The council will erect clear signage at all of the play areas where we are enforcing the exclusion order, to notify people that dogs are prohibited from them.

We will not enforce the order at play areas where there is no such signage.

The council believes that children should be free to play on the play equipment provided in these areas without the fear of treading in or coming into contact with dog faeces. Dogs taken in to children’s play areas can also become aggressive if startled.

Yes.  The dog exclusion will not apply to assistance dogs provided by a registered charity.

Page updated on: 01/07/2016

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