Proposed dog ban ease is welcomed

A PROPOSED move to ease an existing dog ban in Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery has been welcomed by councillors.

Members of Scarborough Council’s Cabinet were discussing a planned overhaul to dog controls in the borough at their monthly meeting yesterday.

The review is set to go out for public consultation and members had to approve the move.

Environmental Health officers are hoping to review dog regulations and have identified a number of potential changes – including the relaxation of the dog ban covering the cemetery so that dogs could be walked there as long as they are kept on a lead.

Steve Pogson, the council’s health and community safety manager and report author, said there had already been an informal consultation with interested groups such as parish and town councils.

He said: “It is proposed that the current dog ban at the cemetery be replaced with a dog on lead requirement.

“The friends group believe that it will reduce antisocial behaviour by allowing more people to be there.”

He added that “working cemeteries” – those that are still in use – would still be covered by dog bans under the proposals. “Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery is no longer used,” he said

Cllr Bill Chatt, the portfolio holder for public health, said there were more responsible dog owners that irresponsible ones.

He added: “It’s a lovely area to walk. People who keep dogs, and are good dog owners, should be allowed to take their dogs there on leads.”

Cllr Dilys Cluer, who represents the Stepney Ward, said she thought allowing dogs into the cemetery was a good idea.

As well as dog bans the proposed changes cover a number of areas including: dog fouling, dogs on leads and dogs on leads by direction.

Andy Skelton, the council’s head of environmental services, said council officers from a number of areas could be given the authority to order an owner to keep their animals on a lead – if they were causing a danger to children or wildlife. He added: “It might apply to staff working on the beaches. It would be used where the dog was causing a problem.”

Cllr Tom Fox said it could be extended to officers working in areas such as parks and other public areas.