South Lakes residents invited to comment on dog control orders
Published at 16:16, Tuesday, 29 January 2013
STRONG public support for controls on dogs in the South Lakes has prompted the council to move forward with new measures.
South Lakeland District Council is formally consulting on Dog Control Orders (DCOs) following last year’s Clean Streets’ consultation.
The majority of those asked, including dog owners, agreed that they wanted more dog controls especially when it came to dog fouling.
SLDC is now beginning a statutory consultation period on proposals for four separate dog control orders.
The orders relate to dog fouling, keeping dogs on a lead when instructed to do so by an SLDC officer or in designated areas and taking dogs onto land where they are not allowed.
Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson, portfolio holder for environment and sustainability, said: “The proposals we are consulting on are for dog control orders that will introduce measures to control the inappropriate behaviour of those dog owners who can spoil the enjoyment of others and for the majority of responsible dog owners.
"South Lakeland District Council launched the Clean Streets consultation in response to calls from residents to address a number of street cleansing issues. This formal consultation is legally required and enables the public to consider the precise wording of the orders and the areas of land which are to be affected by the orders.
“Hopefully we can educate people to keep their dogs under control and to clean up after their pets. But by having these orders in place we would have the authority to take enforcement action against irresponsible dog owners.”
Representations on any of the orders can be made by March 4. The orders are available to view at the council offices in Kendal, between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday.
Alternatively they can be viewed online at www.southlakeland.gov.uk
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What really annoys me are the dog owners that pick up the poop but then dump the bag!The last things i want is my child investigating these bags left lying around or treading the muck into my house. Its disgusting and those caught ought to feel the full force of the law.
There must be something that can be done, some action that can be taken to make these selfish and arrogant lowlife criminals clean up after their dogs. The problem isn`t catching them as much as educating them and this must be achievable somehow. Has anybody got any suggestions, things they might have read or heard about? How do other councils deal with the problem? Just one example, Morecambe prom is virtually free of dog dirt along it`s entire length, do the frequent notices and bins work?
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