New dog controls are set for October

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COUNCILLORS have approved a move to shake up dog regulations in the Scarborough area.

It has been recommended that the new controls will come into force in October after members of Scarborough Council gave the move their backing this week.

Cllr Eric Broadbent said he welcomed the proposals because they would make it safer when he took his grandchildren to feed the squirrels in Peasholm Park.

He said: “I am pleased that dogs on leads is going to be enforced there as well as Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery.”

They include:

l Dog fouling: the clean-up requirement extending to almost all of the land within the borough

l Dog bans: a switch to generic descriptions of affected areas – such as children’s play areas – to increase flexibility and reduce the need for individual orders

l Dogs on leads: retain existing areas as well as adding new areas such as the whole of South Cliff Gardens, Holbeck Gardens and Eastway Play Centre and the deletion of other areas such as Gallows Close and Loders Green in Eastfield

l Dogs on leads by direction: a new control authorising officers to direct a dog owner to put their dog on a lead, at a maximum length of 2m, if they are causing a nuisance.

The new controls will replace existing bye-laws and are being introduced in a bid to simplify the laws.

It is understood around 20 to 25 council staff will be trained in enforcement.