I'm sure I remember reading on this website, a while ago, that although the signs on the gates to the Square say "No Dogs" it was an unspoken agreement that the residents of the square could take their dogs in, as long as they were cleaning up after them.
As a dog owner and knowing most the other dog owners in the square, I would say that we use the square on a much more regular basis then the non dog owning residents. Along with this we look after the square more then most the non dog owners; we clean up after our selves and our dogs and often other people, who have left the remains of picnics etc littering the square.
Not only that, when we take our dogs out into the square it helps to keep crime down.
For example, I personally stopped a group of young guys steeling some bikes from the square one night. If I hadn't been out with my dog, they most likely would not have been noticed by anyone.
Us being there simply means there is some visible activity in the square throughout the year regardless of the weather.
It really annoys me that residents who only make use of the square on the rare days of sunshine can kick up a fuss and make life difficult for the residents who really value the square every day.
When I read the article, mentioned before, I'm sure it pointed out if the signs were changed it would mean that people from all the neighbouring squares would bring their dogs to ours, which would be too much, but I want to know if there is something we can do to make sense of this situation.
Any ideas would be much appreciated.