Live Consultations by the Kennel Club (UK)
The Kennel Club has received a Public Spaces Protection Orders consultation from Dover District Council which is looking to make the following an offence:
- Permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded. The areas covered are mainly children's play areas and specific beaches at certain times of the year.
- Not keeping a dog on a lead in certain areas.
- Failing to remove dog faeces.
- Not putting, and keeping a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer.
The consultation will run from 17th November until 29th December 2014. If you live in Dover and wish to view more details about the consultation, please visit www.dover.gov.uk or call +44 1304 872 096 to speak to a member of the Environmental Crime Team. Alternatively, you can also send an email to Dover District's Environmental Crime Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Derbyshire Dales District Council have also announced a Public Spaces Protection Order consultation, which will run from now until 2nd January 2015. The consultation will include making the following orders:
- Dog exclusion order
- Fouling of land by dogs order
- Dogs on leads order
- Dogs on leads by direction order
For more information on the orders and how to respond, please visit: www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/your-council/consultations/current-consultations/dog-control-orders-consultation?showall=&limitstart.
The Kennel Club's views on the proposed orders are:
- Fouling of land by dogs - The Kennel Club does not oppose the introduction of these orders, as every dog owner should always pick up after their dog. This would also help in reducing problems caused to other people when dog faeces is not picked up or is left behind in bags.
- Dogs on lead by direction - The Kennel Club would support this order as it would allow responsible dog owners to exercise their dogs off lead whilst targeting restrictions at the people causing problems. However, the authorised officer enforcing the order must be properly trained in dog behaviour in order to determine whether restraint is necessary. There would also need to be a policy defined in writing with regards to how it could be applied as well. The Kennel Club would not support this order without a coherent policy as it could potentially lead to being applied unfairly and inconsistently.
- Dogs on lead and dog exclusion orders - The Kennel Club does not normally support orders to exclude dogs from playgrounds or recreational facilities, as long as alternative provisions are made for dog walkers in the vicinity. Also, we would point out that children and dogs should be able to socialise together safely under adult supervision. In respect to sport pitches, the Kennel Club would recommend that this order be reconsidered and whether instead time-limited restrictions could be introduced to cover the use of these areas.
- Ultimately, any proposal to restrict or exclude access for dogs to public spaces should simultaneously establish dog friendly areas of open land within the same location. As off-lead access is the single most important amenity for most dog walkers, this proposal is likely to displace dog walkers onto other land in the vicinity. Elsewhere this has led to further restrictions in surrounding areas, and needless disruption and costs to local landowners, council parks and golf courses. As an additional consequence, this would mean that local residents would need to use their cars to get to other places on a daily basis which would have an impact on the environment in both the short and long term. For example, it would have a negative impact on government targets for health and reducing congestion.