New dog control measures to come into force in August
New powers which will make it easier to keep the borough clean while supporting responsible dog owners will come into force from August 1.
Earlier this year, the authority asked the public for their opinion on four new Dog Control Orders, which will make it easier to deal with the minority of irresponsible dog owners who allow their dogs to stray off the lead or into children’s play areas or who refuse to pick up after their pets.
Members of the public were overwhelmingly in support of the proposed new measures, which were unanimously approved by Wednesday’s meeting of the full council.
The orders, which come into effect on August 1, are:
The dog fouling order, which applies across the borough and gives enforcement staff the powers to impose £80 fines on dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets
Exclusion of all dogs from designated areas. This does NOT ban dogs from public parks, but applies to all fenced children’s play areas and small designated areas in open parks where there is play equipment, as well as the tennis courts and skate park in the Castle Grounds
Keeping of dogs on leads. This applies in a number of areas including all boroughcemeteries, pedestrianised areas of the town centre, the Upper Lawn in the Castle Grounds and Anker Valley sports pitches
A breach of any of the four orders could land the irresponsible dog owner with a fine of £80. All Tamworth Borough Council’s street wardens and enforcement staff will be empowered to implement and enforce the orders, which have brought dog-related offences into line with litter legislation.
Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for the Environment and Waste Management, said:
“The Council absolutely recognises that the vast majority of the dog owners are responsible and caring, but feedback from residents has consistently raised the issue of dog fouling and the behaviour of dogs by the irresponsible minority.
“The adoption of these Dog Control Orders makes it easier for the authority to deal quickly and efficiently with the small minority of dog owners who behave irresponsibly, while at the same time encouraging and promoting a culture of responsible dog ownership. The Orders provide a toolkit which can be used by staff when enforcement is required.”
“These Orders, along with our ongoing Saxon Hound Mucky Pup – Clean It Upcampaign, will bring a number of benefits, raising the standard of the environment we live in, as well as reducing the risk of health problems associated with dog faeces and promoting responsible dog ownership.”