Plans for a dog training centre on disused bowling green in Sheffield park

A dog training centre is set to open on a disused bowling green in a Sheffield park.

Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 12:30 pm

Sheffield Council’s cabinet is set to approve the lease the bowling green site at High Hazels Park, in Darnall, to Yorkshire Dog Training in a meeting this week.

It would offer a professional dog training service to all dog owners in the city and surrounding areas.

The main aim is to educate owners in their ability to control their dog and be aware of their responsibilities.

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The bowling green in High Hazels Park, Darnall could be turned into a dog training centre

The training area will also house a professional portable building, subject to planning approval.

The YDT has been trading for a decade with centres in Leeds, Doncaster and Wakefield and now wishes to set up more sites in Sheffield and Harrogate.

In a report, council officers said it could bring a range of benefits including generating income, improving safety, enhancing the quality and attractiveness of the park and bringing the site back into use.

The report added: “The professional dog training centre within High Hazels park can provide many benefits to the people of the local area and the community itself.

“YDT has found providing these services to people has an ongoing positive impact.

“Customers are able to safely venture into public spaces with their dogs, knowing that they are under control and no risk to other members of the public.

“Walking whilst surrounded by nature is a well-known aid in the reduction of stress. In the hectic lives that many of us lead now, this is something that can help us on a daily basis.”

The park is a charitable trust and the cabinet is its trustee.

The council said it funds a significant annual deficit as the annual revenue expenditure for the running of the park is generally greater than the revenue income.

Officers said stakeholders such as the bowling club and Friends of High Hazels Park were consulted and no adverse comments were received.

The terms of the lease are exempt from the public.

The council’s cabinet is set to approve the lease in a meeting on Wednesday, February 17.

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