Wyre Council

Final recommendations on dog control orders due

Published on Thursday 24th November 2011

Final recommendations on dog control orders due

Wyre Council is seeking approval of amendments to a series of dog control orders aimed at cleaning up the borough and encouraging responsible dog ownership.

Following extensive consultation with town and parish councils and community groups, final recommendations will be made to Wyre Council's ruling Cabinet on 7 December. 

The orders are designed to address particular issues in individual areas and will allow the council to target irresponsible dog owners. They will set out where dogs can be walked freely, where they must be kept on a lead, how many can be walked at once, and in some cases where dogs are excluded from altogether including children's playgrounds and sports pitches. People with registered guide dogs or trained assistance dogs will be exempt.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Cabinet member with responsibility for dog control at Wyre Council said: "Dog control orders are essential to allow the council to deal with the continual problems of dog fouling and nuisance that affect our neighbourhoods, without impeding the vast majority of people who are responsible dog owners. 

"Through education and the enforcement of these orders, we hope to see a reduction in incidents of dog related anti social behaviour and an improved culture of responsible dog ownership. We want people to feel confident when sharing public places with dogs, ensuring that all sections of the community can enjoy our parks and open spaces."

Councillor Alan Marsh, Chairman of Fleetwood Town Council said: "Most dog owners are responsible but we have to take action against the minority who aren't. Dog control orders are necessary to achieve this.

"Fleetwood Town Council and Wyre Council have worked well together to achieve a balanced approach and will continue to do so in order to review the effectiveness of the orders in the months to come."

The scheme will be fully rolled out in phases subject to approval of the amendments.

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