THE RESULTS of the public consultation on dog control orders will be considered at the cabinet meeting of East Riding of Yorkshire Council on Tuesday 10th September 2013.
The consultation was aimed at updating the orders, first introduced in 2009. New orders for the cabinet to consider and expected to be passed include:
Dogs on Leads Orders:
- Hedon Cemetery,
- St Augustine’s Churchyard.
Dog Exclusion Orders:
- Cleeve Road children’s play area,
- Draper’s Lane children’s play area,
- Cromwell Road children’s play area.
Hedon Town Council had additionally requested that Dogs on Leads Orders be implemented for the Grazing field at Ivy Lane, the Watson Park amenity land and the Greville Road amenity land, but the recommendation to the Council Cabinet is that no orders be issued for these areas.
The consultation did not receive any responses in favour of control orders that dogs should be kept on leads on playing fields.
However, Hedon Town Council is mindful that the Dogs on Lead by Direction Order applies to all land in the open air within the East Riding to which the public have access; if a dog is seen to be out of control or causing a nuisance or threat to persons or other animals, the order makes it an offence if a person in charge of a dog which is not on a lead fails to comply with a request by an authorised officer of the Authority to put and keep the dog on a lead. This offence may be dealt with by way of a fixed penalty notice of £75.
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 comment for two months from 1st May, closing on 30th June 2013.
There were 186 responses to the consultation from residents across the East Riding, 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.
Note: The East Riding Council has lots of advice about dogs on its website, see Caring for dogs.
On the controversial issue of ‘dog poo’ raised by Councillor Ann Suggit earlier this year, Councillor Jackie Cracknell, portfolio holder for community involvement and performance, said: “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.”