Llanfair Caereinion attacks: Dogs must be kept on leads
Councillors have banned pet owners from letting their dogs off the lead in part of a Powys town after the animals were blamed for attacking sheep.
Deri Wood and Goat Field, which are maintained by Llanfair Caereinion Town Council, are popular with dog owners.
But following a number of attacks on sheep in neighbouring fields councillors have imposed a dogs on leads policy.
A fence is also being erected along a 300m section to protect livestock.
End Quote Gareth Jones Farmer and town councillor
You expect to lose sheep now and again, but the frequency is costing me a lot of money”
Deri Wood and Goat Field cover an area of about eight acres (3.2 hectares).
Gareth Jones, a town councillor whose land neighbours Deri Wood, said a number of his sheep had been victims of dog attacks over the last couple of years.
"I was at the town council meeting where the decision was taken, but I declared an interest and took no part in the discussions," Mr Jones said.
"The decision wasn't taken lightly by the town council.
"It is very frustrating for me as a farmer. You expect to lose sheep now and again, but the frequency is costing me a lot of money.
"It's not just me, other farmers are having problems too but my land is closest to the wood and Goat Field."