You only want Hide Dock Background toggled on. Toggle Hide Dock off. Do a hard reset after you toggle Hide Dock off. If it still doesn't disable it after that, make sure Settings > General > Accessibility > Increase contrast > Reduce transparency is not enabled.
As always, you are simply Awesome.
After Disable on springboard is toggled on in the Eclipse 2 settings, followed by a reboot, worked fine.
Many thanks Europa !!
I humbly request you to please assist me resolve my issue in this forum too.