Fixed penalty notices could replace prosecution through the courts if new orders are introduced.

A COUNCIL is asking local people what they think about its proposals to introduce dog control orders.

Torridge District Council aims to combat offences such as failing to remove dog faeces on public open land, not keeping a dog on a lead where directed to do so and permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded.

The council has taken on board concerns raised during previous consultations, but is now asking for comments on these new orders.

Councillor Gaye Tabor, lead member for the natural and build environment said: “It’s important that the council consults with members of the public as these dog control orders are for everyone’s benefit.

“If people have access to the internet, completing the questionnaire online on our website is the easiest way to get involved. Or you can get paper copies at any of our offices.”

At present, dog owners who breach one of the council’s byelaws, for example, dogs to be kept on a lead within Victoria Park in Bideford, have to be prosecuted through the courts.

But fixed penalty notices issued under a dog control order would carry a fine of £75.00 if paid within 14 days, falling to £50 if paid within 10 days.

To have your say, click the link in the top right of the page or view the consultation document at the council offices in Bideford, Torrington or Holsworthy until August 31.