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Friday, 31 October 2014

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South Lakes dog owners give nod to prospect of £1,000 fines

NEW powers to fine irresponsible dog owners look set to be put to the public.

South Lakeland District Council will discuss pushing ahead with a formal consultation on four new Dog Control Orders at a meeting on Wednesday.

The revised orders, giving council officers the power to fine offenders up to £1,000, follow an informal consultation process carried out earlier this year.

The plans would see owners forced to keep dogs on a lead along roads and footpaths, in cemeteries and along the promenades at Ambleside, Bowness and Arnside.

Grange promenade was excluded from the list following the earlier consultation process, where concerns were raised over suitable alternative spaces for dogs to be let off their leads.

Dogs would also be excluded from children’s play areas and a number of sports pitches.

The report to SLDC cabinet members shows substantial public support for the new measures.

They have been designed to reduce the number of reported problems with dogs, including fouling.

The report says: “Using the results of the consultation, the council can put the most suitable measures in place, resulting in cleaner streets for all.”

More than four in five dog owners approve the measures, according to the original consultation.

The approval rate rises to 88 per cent including non-dog owners.

The report claims doing nothing to address these matters is “not an option” as the number of complaints will not be reduced.

There were 146 reported incidents of dog fouling in the South Lakes in 2011.

The council says it hopes the orders will help address the problem.

The report to councillors says: “The majority of complaints were from residents living in the urban areas of South Lakeland.

However there are still a significant number of complaints in rural areas.”

The four orders relate to dog fouling, dogs being put on leads when requested by an officer, dogs being excluded from certain areas and dogs being put on a lead in specific areas.

If approved, the orders will come into force, subject to public approval, and the council agreeing to allocate £15,000 for new signage in next year’s budget.

Have your say

i agree with a fine but irs actually catching them doing it the early dark minights dont help x but its purely irresposible of the owners

Posted by fiona wilkinson nee brown on 5 January 2013 at 14:37

What’s the point of raising it to £1000 know one implements the current £100 fine? Might as well be £10,000 it will make no odds?
Worst offenders are the ones that pick it up in the bag then chucks it away!! Least when it’s not in a bag it can wash away!

Posted by poo dodger! on 10 December 2012 at 17:03

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