Latest revision date: 29 March 2011, First
Publication Date: 24 February 2001
Pets Policy - March 2011
The Pets Policy at Springhill aims to balance two sets of
priorities. On the one hand, to protect the wildlife on our site
and to keep the outside spaces clean and safe for our children to
play in, and for our adults to enjoy. On the other hand, not to
impose unreasonable restrictions on those for whom a pet is an
important member of the family.
Current policy sets a recommended limit for the number of cats
living on site, and asks each household to consider its own need
for a cat in relation to the impact on the site as a whole. Over
time, we hope that the overall number of cats at Springhill can
be reduced. Currently there is only one dog on site [update at November 2014, now three dogs on site], but we would
consider limiting dog numbers in the future if the need arose,
though we recognise their impact is less.
However, the existing pets of new arrivals at Springhill will
be considered on a case-by-case basis, as we respect the role
that established pets play in a household. In the case of dogs, this consideration will involve meeting at least one member of the Pet Committee.
How the Pet Committee works
The Pet Committee, currently comprising Liz C (coordinator),
Madi, Stephen, Felicity and Karen will continue to act to accept
pets according to the Lease under the following code:
- To make any new arrivals or prospective owner of a new pet
aware of existing pet guidelines, which are also stated on the
- To help any prospective owner of a new pet understand, and
agree to follow the pet guidelines.
- Pet Committee meetings will be publicised and are open to any
other resident. Any resident may formally join the Committee at
- The approvals process is as follows:
- All residents must inform a member of the Pet Committee if
they want to acquire a new pet.
- The Pet Committee will then give the community two weeks
notice, by email to the Cocoresidents, to raise any
- If any objections are raised then the decision as to whether
the pet will be approved is then brought to the next Residents
Association meeting, whose decision is final.
- If no objections are raised then the Pet Committee will
inform the resident of their pet’s approval.
- To keep a record of all pets that have been approved.
- Pet owners to be sensitive to other residents’ needs
and anxieties, and not allow their pet to cause disturbance to
other residents. Any dispute over pets to be arbitrated by the
Pets committee. In the event of any unresolved conflict or issue
over pets, then that issue to go to a Residents Association
meeting, whose decision is final, including the potential
eviction of any problem pet.
- All pets should be well cared for and not neglected.
- No pets allowed in Common House.
- Dogs must be accompanied and to be kept under proper control
at all times when on communal land.
- Owners to ensure dogs do not poo in communal areas. Any
accidents to be cleared up by owner.
- Cats should be discouraged where possible from pooing in
communal areas i.e. by the provision of litter trays. Cat owners
to collectively be responsible for regular clearing up of any
- All cats should be sterilized.
- Limit on Cat numbers:
- Total cat numbers on site to be limited to 14, bar any
increase above that caused by the acceptance of any existing cats
owned by new arrivals, whereupon no new cats will be approved
until that number once again falls below 14.
- Existing cat owners can replace a cat when it dies but only
in one cat households.