Tackling dog mess menace with new powers

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Four dog control orders are about to be introduced by Central Beds Council after complaints about people not clearing up after their pets and walking them inconsiderately.

The orders, which come into effect on October 19, aim to cut down on dog mess, restrict dogs from places such as children’s playgrounds and ensure that people keep their dogs on a lead in certain areas, including cemeteries and where there are marked sports pitches.

Cllr Brian Spurr said: “The aim is certainly not to put people off owning and walking dogs, but to help make our parks and countryside welcoming places for everyone.

“Dog fouling and irresponsible dog ownership can unfortunately put some people off using these areas – especially more vulnerable groups of society – so we hope these new orders can improve
 the enjoyment of our green spaces for all residents and visitors.”

Two-thirds of the 500 people who completed an online questionnaire as part of the consultation said they were dog owners, and the majority backed the control orders.

Cllr Spurr added: “They are designed to improve public health by reducing levels of potentially harmful dog waste and encouraging more people who may previously have been put off using our parks and countryside.”