East Riding Council to draw up new dog no-go zones
A CRACKDOWN on irresponsible dog owners will be rolled out across the region.
East Riding Council is drawing up plans on new orders for tackling dog fouling, stray pets and dogs that bark incessantly.
It will also see a new list of areas in which dogs can and cannot be walked.
The proposals will be sent to parish councils later this year, with a public consultation due early next year.
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Dave Howliston, environmental control manager in the East Riding, said the current orders, which were produced more than three years ago, needed updating.
He said: "I expect the new dog control orders to be similar to the four previous ones from 2009 – dog fouling, keeping dogs on leads in restricted areas, dog exclusion orders, which prohibit dogs in certain areas, such as beaches in summer, and lead orders for out-of-control dogs.
"We want to make sure we get it right and update the orders from the last time. There are children's parks which weren't around then and parks which now aren't."
In the past month, the council received nearly three times as many complaints about barking dogs compared to the same period last year – 91 compared with 39.
The council has the powers to serve abatement notices on the owners of dogs which bark for prolonged periods and failure to comply with the notices can result in a fine of up to £5,000.
Mr Howliston said: "There is no excuse for allowing a dog to continually keep barking.
"Dogs bark, it is in the nature of the beast, but what cannot be tolerated is continuous, prolonged barking day after day.
"Those owners who fail to heed the warning may find themselves served with an abatement notice."
In Hornsea, town councillors are putting up notices in Hall Garth Park urging residents to look after their pets, following concerns groups of people with several dogs were chatting in the park while their dogs ran wild.
Hornsea Town Council clerk, Colin O'Connor, said: "Dog fouling is a problem but it is everywhere in the region. There is one cemetery, Edenfield, which has become dogs' toilet.
"We provide doggy bags, yet some people still don't pick up after their dogs. It is disrespectful.
"Most people are responsible but I welcome anything which can eradicate the problem all together."
Dog walkers have welcomed the news of the control orders.
Jan Buckley, of Beverley's Model Farm estate, has three boxer dogs, Lily, Stig and Ollie.
She said: "I certainly think people need to be more aware when they're picking up after their dogs.
"Every coat I have has got nappy sacks in the pockets, and so does every pair of jeans. But then I can go outside my front door and some other dog has left a mess there, it makes me angry.
"Our adult dogs get a good run on the Westwood. I pick up after them there and on the beach, anywhere.
"I don't think many people know we've got our dogs because they're quiet."
Residents are urged to contact the council with issues they have about dog barking and fouling.
To complain, visit www.east riding.gov.uk/pestsdogs or call 01482 396301.