Recommended dog controls

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A SHAKE-UP of rules for Scarborough’s dog walkers has been planned and could be in force within six months, it has been revealed.

Several recommendations, as part of an overhaul of existing Dog Control Orders, are due to be considered by members of Scarborough Council’s Cabinet at a meeting on Tuesday.

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 byelaws 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 total of 13 responses had been received during the recent consultation process which indicated that members of the public were largely in favour of the proposals.

He added: “Some were in favour of certain things and some were against certain things. We got a lot of support for the proposals in relation to dog fouling – we didn’t get any against it.”

Mr Pogson said officers have recommended that, once the regulations receive final approval, they should come into force on October 1 to avoid confusion during the middle of the peak holiday season.

He said: “It makes it easier to understand if everything is under one bit of legislation. The consultation process brought up some interesting comments but nothing has really changed, from the original proposals, other than a couple of minor amendments.”

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 of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery – as they felt it would help prevent crime and vandalism in the area.

During the consultation members of North Cliff Bowling Club said they opposed any relaxation of dog controls in Alexandra Gardens – they would have preferred no changes to existing dogs-on-leads controls proposed for the area.

Ms Sharpe, the manager of Homecrest House in Grosvenor Crescent, said that her residents would have preferred a dog ban in Grosvenor Square Gardens instead of allowing dogs on leads.

She said: “There have been problems with fouling and loose dogs restricting residents’ ability to use the gardens.”

In his report Mr Pogson said: “This area has generated a number of responses. There have been requests for it to be made subject to a dog ban but others wish it to remain as a dogs-on-leads area.

“There is clearly an issue with dog fouling in this area, however it forms a community resource as a green space in a predominately built-up area. It is felt, on balance, that the existing dogs on leads control should be maintained.”

If the proposals are given Cabinet backing the matter will be referred to members of the full council for final approval.