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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Have your say on dog fouling plan

Denbighshire County Council wants to hear your views on a proposed order controlling dogs in public spaces in the county.

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is being proposed in direct response to complaints and feedback received by the public relating to dog fouling and associated issues.

The Order, which would come into effect in March 2017,  would formalise the Council’s approach to dealing with dog fouling. The main requirement would be for all dog owners to pick up their animals’ mess.

Dogs would also not be allowed:

·        In enclosed children’s play areas

·        On specific beaches at Rhyl and Prestatyn between 1 May and 30 September (these will be signposted)

·        Specific permanently marked and maintained sports pitches (these will be signposted)

·        Cemeteries

·        All education property

·        Leisure centres

·        Bowling greens

·        Fenced multi-activity areas.

The Order would also require dogs to be kept on leads in specific locations and require dog owners to have the means to clear up after their animals.

A fixed penalty notice of £100 may be issued to offenders. The Order will be enforced by Kingdom local authority support officers, police community support officers and any other person authorised by the Council.

Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member for Environment, said: “The vast majority of dog owners are accountable and caring; however a small minority do not always behave responsibly. Complaints and feedback from Denbighshire residents has consistently raised the issue of dog fouling and nuisance behaviour from dogs that are not under proper control.

“The adoption of this proposed Order would make it easier for the Council to deal with the small minority of dog owners who behave irresponsibly. It will also assist us in our efforts to achieve clean and tidy streets in Denbighshire through creating safer areas to play sport and for use by the public.

“Crucially it will reduce the risk posed to the health and well-being of individuals. Coming into direct contact with dog mess can have all kinds of implications on health.

“We hope that people will support this Order. We believe it’s a major step in the right direction and we want people to have their say. We will consider the responses before the final decision is made."

To have your say, go to:

https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/your-council/consultations/Current-consultations.aspx  *

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