New dog rules set for council approval

A dog excercise ban sign, on the prom at Seaton Carew, Green. Picture by FRANK REID
A dog excercise ban sign, on the prom at Seaton Carew, Green. Picture by FRANK REID

A SHAKE-UP of Scarborough’s dog regulations is set to get official approval next week.

The recommendations will be discussed at Monday’s meeting of Scarborough Council and are part of an overhaul of existing dog control orders.

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.

Steve Pogson, the council’s health and community safety manager, has recommended the changes could be introduced on October 1 – to avoid any resulting confusion caused by their introduction in the middle of the tourist season.

The new regulations were discussed at last month’s Cabinet meeting. Andy Skelton, the council’s head of Environmental Services, said that the new power – dogs on leads by direction – could be used in specific areas where problems arose and were not covered by dog bans.

He told councillors: “We will be looking hard at dogs on leads by direction if we have persistent cases.”

He said that the council would be looking at increasing the number of staff members who had the power to enforce the new rules. He said: “The aim would be to get the number of staff at a level where they are able to impose the controls.”

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

As previously announced, a ban on dogs in Manor Road and Dean Road Cemetery is likely to be relaxed to allow dog walkers to go through the area with their dogs on leads, a move which was welcomed by dog owners as well as members of the friends group.