Council thinks again on dog control orders

CONTROVERSIAL dog control orders on Torridgeside are to be reconsidered by councillors after a public outcry. Torridge District Council issued proposals for consultation which led to loud protests from dog owners, worried that the rules would bar them fr

CONTROVERSIAL dog control orders on Torridgeside are to be reconsidered by councillors after a public outcry.Torridge District Council issued proposals for consultation which led to loud protests from dog owners, worried that the rules would bar them from letting their pets off the lead.Now, members of a cross party working group have decided to take another look at the more controversial proposals.After a lengthy debate the group requested that officers prepare new Dog Control Orders to cover Dog Fouling and Dog Exclusions in Fenced Childrens' Play Areas.But officers will be escalating the enforcement of current legislation that addresses these particular issues and work will commence immediately. The district council will be speaking to its partners and parishes concerning engaging their resources in this enforcement programme. A statement issued after the working group meeting said: "Members' views were simple; all Torridge residents and visitors should be able to enjoy open spaces without the inconvenience of dog fouling and children have the right to safe, healthy play areas."The working group will investigate Dogs on Leads and Dogs on Leads By Direction further as members felt that more deliberation was needed on these important matters. Prior to this additional work the preceding two orders will be presented to the Community Development Committee on June 9." Ray Webster, Head of Environmental Health, Planning and Public Protection, said: "Members considered all representations and listened to the heartfelt comments submitted by residents and visitors of Torridge within these submissions. After a lengthy discussion the working group were keen to proactively move forward the changes to the orders and will be contemplating the remaining issues at a further working group.


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