Crackdown on dirty dogs

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Councillors are to consider a tough crackdown on dogs following the results of a public consultation on control orders which will be considered at the cabinet meeting of East Riding of Yorkshire Council on 10 September.

There were 186 responses from residents, the majority of them dog owners. Among groups consulted by the council were The Dogs Trust, RSPCA, Natural England, the Ramblers Association and the Kennel Club.

Councillor Jackie Cracknell, portfolio holder for community involvement and performance, said: “It is a difficult balancing act but we are aiming to provide open spaces where owners can exercise their dogs while conserving the outstanding beauty and cleanliness of the area in which we live.

“The majority of those who responded were in favour of owners cleaning up their dog’s mess. It should be made clear, though, that owners are legally required to clean up after their dogs in all public areas and open spaces in the East Riding, even when no-one is looking.”

The consultation was aimed at updating the orders, first introduced in 2009. Since then, new play and public areas had been created which needed to be brought within the scope of the orders, while others required removal from the list because their use had changed, for example the land had been built on.

New orders for the cabinet to consider include:

* Dogs are still allowed to be walked on Bridlington and Hornsea promenades but must be kept on their lead

* Dogs to be kept on leads in the grounds of Skidby Mill and Sewerby Hall

* 51 new fenced children’s play areas will be included in the areas from which dogs will be excluded. These include Burden Road, Beverley, Brett Street, Bridlington, Longmans Lane, Cottingham and Thompson Drive, Middleton

* Dogs will have to be on leads in an additional 31 cemeteries and graveyards, including Burstwick, Carnaby, Driffield Garden of Remembrance, Garton on the Wolds and Hedon

The consultation did not receive any responses in favour of control orders that dogs should be kept on leads on playing fields.

The consultation started last October with the East Riding’s 168 parish and town councils and ran for two months and then it went out to public for two months from 1 May, closing on 30 June.

Specific responses included:

* Dog exclusions from children’s play areas was well supported with 36 out of 37 responses in favour

* Dog exclusions from, or dogs on leads in, the wider playing field areas was not supported with 13 out of the 19 responses against them

* Dog exclusions from cemeteries was supported with five of the seven responses in favour

* Dogs to be kept on leads in cemeteries and graveyards was supported by all nine responses

There were also responses from East Riding schools, Octon & Haltemprice Crematoria and the Clergy (churchyards/ cemeteries). There were also responses from the following council services: Streetscene Services (cemeteries), Leisure Services (play areas and sports grounds), Foreshores service (beaches and promenades) and Culture and Information teams (Sewerby Hall/Skidby Mill).