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News in brief, November 23, 2023

Keeping tabs
on our dogs

Masterton District Council [MDC] is reminding dog owners of their responsibilities as the weather gets warmer and outdoor activities with four-legged friends become more popular. Doggy interactions are going to be more common in the coming months so MDC wants owners to know that they are responsible for having their pups under active control at all times – including in any off-leash areas. All dogs over the age of three months old must be registered with the council. Unaccompanied roaming dogs may present a risk to pedestrians and road users. MDC has resumed after-hours call-outs and will collect roaming dogs. The council warns that while attacks from roaming dogs are rare, they should not be approached. “If people are approached by a dog that makes them feel uneasy, they should stand still, quietly, with their hands by their sides. When the dog loses interest, they should move away slowly and quietly,” environmental services manager Terri Mulligan said.

Survey on
parking

MDC said it is planning for a survey of parking behaviour on November 30 to “gather information to support [MDC]s decision-making on parking-relation issues.” Engineering consultants will manage the survey of; the central business area – including Dixon, Queen and Chapel Streets between the northern SH2 roundabout and Kuripuni, Te Ore Ore Rd near the hospital, First St near the Lansdowne shopping centre, and commuter parking areas to the east and west of the central business area. The survey will involve using a car fitted with a vehicle recognition camera, analysis of parking meter transactions, and manual checks of Council off-street car parks. An MDC spokesperson said: “We need to know how car parks are being used currently before we consider the best way to manage parking in the future.”

Change to
opening hours

The Martinborough Council office on Kitchener St, and the Featherston Library will be open at a later time today, due to a staff meeting. Both will open at 11am and all calls will be diverted to the after-hours line until the office and library have reopened. Normal opening hours resume tomorrow.

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