Dog Control Orders - Join the Debate
Published Thursday 27th September 2012
The Council is currently exploring the options of introducing Dog Control Orders into certain areas within Nuneaton and Bedworth.
Dogs. Man's best friend. Here in the Borough we love our canine companions.
We know that dogs in the hands of a small number of irresponsible dog owners can, from time to time, cause a bit of a nuisance. You may happen to tread in dog poop whilst strolling in our green spaces. Or your family day out at the park is spoiled by a dog off his lead and making the kids cry!
Our Dog Wardens tell us that residents often complain to them about dog fouling or dogs let loose in areas where young children are playing. A cleansing survey carried out by the Council earlier this year also revealed that dog fouling was one of the biggest concerns of our residents.
With this in mind, the Council is currently exploring the options of introducing Dog Control Orders into certain areas within Nuneaton and Bedworth. These orders would identify the areas that the authority can:
enforce against dog fouling
exclude dogs from certain areas (such as play grounds, cemeteries or parks)
require that dogs are kept on leads in a particular zone
restrict the number of dogs any one person can have under their control in a public place.
Before any decisions are made a Scrutiny Working Group has been set up to look at the issues and options available. It is interested to have the views of residents and dog owners and would like to know whether you support the Council in looking at this particular issue? Have you faced any problems with dogs; dog fouling, dogs off leads, dogs in children's play areas? Also, where and what could we do to improve the situation in your area?
Whatever your thoughts, let us know by joining in the debate at Twitter. Read our posts @NBBCouncil and post your own comments. Alternatively, email your views to us or send a letter in writing to Democratic Team, Town Hall, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, CV11 5AA.
Our dog wardens are spending an increasing amount of their time dealing with issues relating to dog fouling and members of the public continually complain about pavements and open spaces being spoiled by dog mess or children running scared of dogs which are not under the control of their owners. Clearly, we want to make sure this doesn't continue. We recognise the need of dog owners to take their pets for a stroll and want to work with them to ensure they are doing so in a responsible and considerate manner. Dog Control Orders are an option we are looking at and we are interested to hear what dog owners, and people who use our parks and open spaces for leisure, think about them.Councillor Bill Sheppard, Chair of Dog Control Order Working Party
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