New rules to control dogs

A SHAKE-UP of Scarborough’s dog regulations could be introduced from October after it was approved.

The recommendations were part of the overhaul of Scarborough Copuncil’s existing dog control orders were discussed by members of the Cabinet on Tuesday and the matter will need final approval by the full council.

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.

Andy Skelton, the council’s head of environmental services, said: “We’ve been moving forward with the dog controls within the borough with a view to replacing them.”

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

Steve Pogson, the council’s health and community safety manager, said that a public consultation period into the proposed changes ended in February and there were a total of 14 responses.

He said that the changes could be introduced by the end of July but it was being recommended that they should be introduced on October 1 – to avoid any resulting confusion caused by their introduction in the middle of the tourist season.

Mr Skelton added 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 said: “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 would be trained in enforcement.