Dog control order set to come into force across Wealden

An on-the-spot fine of £75 could be imposed on dog owners who do not clean up after their pet has fouled public places.

Wealden district councillors are being asked on November 27 to approve a Dog Control Order which would apply to all roads, paths, verges and twittens in the district as wells as public parks and sports grounds, cemeteries, beaches and car parks.

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Cllr Rowena Moore

Nearly 1,200 residents took part in a consultation on the proposal with 94 per cent in favour of council officials and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) being able to issue £75 spot fines when they see a dog owner failing to clear up after their pet in public places.

Councillor Rowena Moore, Cabinet member for Customer Services, said: “This is clearly a very important issue for local people, and I would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation.

“It is only a small proportion of dog owners who are being rather irresponsible. We need to change this culture. The vast majority of dog owners do clear up after their pets.”

She hoped town and parish councils would be interested in providing trained officers who can help with enforcement.

Respondents to the survey thought “laziness / can’t be bothered” were the principal reasons why dog owners did not clear up after their pets.  Some 60 per cent also felt there was little chance of being caught and 46 per cent said there was a lack of a sufficient deterrent.

A report on the consultation and draft Dog Control Order can be seen here on the district council website.

See also:

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