The specific control orders the Council believes would enhance the district relate to:
- Failing to remove dog faeces
- Not keeping a dog on a lead
- Not putting, and keeping, a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
- Permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded
Click read more to see more about the proposals and how you can participate in the consultation. In the meantime I have contacted the Parish Council's in the area to see if there are areas we would like added to the areas for walking with dogs on leads or complete exclusion. What do other folk think?
The Council is of the opinion that there are no areas to which the public has a right of access where it would be acceptable to allow a dog to foul and not clean it up. Any individual witnessed not picking up after their dog would be subject to enforcement action.
The Council is of the opinion that there are certain areas of the district where dogs should be excluded. In particular all enclosed children’s play areas and specific areas where children’s play equipment is located within larger parks or playing fields or areas regularly used by football or other sports clubs. In these areas the potential for children to come into contact with faeces and residual dog faeces, (the faecal matter that remains once a dog owner has removed the majority of excrement) is high. Reducing the possibility of children coming into contact with dog faeces by excluding dogs is self explanatory.
The Council is minded to introduce a control order maintaining that on specific footpaths to include, but limited to, those footpaths to and from schools and those other footpaths where incidents and complaints of dog fouling are high. Keeping dogs on leads on footpaths to and from schools would reduce the amount of dog fouling that currently goes ‘unseen’ by dog owners. A dog needs to physically stop to defecate, if on a lead, the owners would certainly be aware of it.