Horsell Common to introduce licensing for commercial dog walkers
The services of commercial dog walkers are becoming increasingly popular in the South East. Many London boroughs are now charging operators who are using areas such as Richmond Park and Bushey Park to derive an income from daily pet care services. It is noticeable that operators are now travelling from SW London to parts of Surrey in order to avoid charges. This increasing, uncontrolled activity is causing environmental damage to wildlife habitats locally. the introduction of licensing is urgently required to protect internationally important wildlife and preserve the tranquillity of our green spaces for the benefit of the public.
Commencing February 2018, all commercial dog walkers using Horsell Common, Pyrford Common, Heather Farm and other Public Open Spaces in the ownership of the Horsell Common Preservation Society will require a licence to operate on its land. This will include restricting the number of dogs walked at any one time to four and to adhere to the HCPS code of conduct. The number of licences issued at any one time will also limited.
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