New plans to control dogs

Dog control orders at Furrowfields, Chatteris
Dog control orders at Furrowfields, Chatteris

NEW measures are being proposed to help counter dog fouling and ensure that unruly pets are kept under proper control.

They are aimed at protecting all Fenland District Council’s parks and open spaces and come in response to residents’ frequently voiced concerns.

The plans are set out in a set of new Dog Control Orders drawn up by the council. Residents are now being asked for their comments.

The proposals include:

Increased fines (from £50 to £75) for not picking up after a dog has fouled.

Making it clear that dogs are not allowed in gated children’s play areas and some cemeteries.

Requiring dogs to be kept on the lead in designated places where it is not suitable for them to be allowed to roam.

Requesting dogs be put on a lead and properly supervised if they are causing a nuisance.

Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for the environment, said: “We receive about 800 reports each year of dog-related problems. Most dog owners are very responsible - they look after their pets properly and don’t let them spoil everyone else’s enjoyment of our open spaces.

“But a small minority don’t and it is something that upsets a lot of people, particularly those with young children.

“These proposals will help to tackle the issues. We’ve already had some very positive and helpful comments, so please do take this opportunity to tell us what you think.”

More details on the proposals can be found on FDC’s website at www.fenland.gov.uk/dog-control, together with maps of specific sites where the controls will apply.

The consultation will run until August 22. Final proposals will be then go to FDC’s Cabinet for approval in the next couple of months.

To comment, go online  at www.fenland.gov.uk/dog-control, e-mail dogcontrolconsultation@fenland.gov.uk, or visit your local Fenland @ your service shop.

Picture caption:

Under control: Cllr Murphy with, from left, Angela Murphy, Pete Gowler, Barbara Bush, Ann Marshall and Denis Lloyd and their best friends.