Dogs set to be banned from children’s parks

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TOUGH new rules banning dogs from children’s play areas look set to be introduced across the Daventry area.

New dog control orders could be introduced by Daventry District Council next Thursday (July 7) covering the public parks it owns and runs.

The rules cover owners failing to clear up after their animals, failing to put a dog on a lead when requested to do so, and a complete ban on all dogs from fenced-off children’s play areas.

Breaking the orders can lead to a maximum fine of £1,000, or a fixed penalty notice.

Cllr Daniel Cribbin, the council’s environmental portfolio holder, said: “We know that dog nuisance is a concern for residents and we want to try and tidy up our neighbourhoods.

“There’s a real problem with dog mess in some areas and that can cause serious illness in children.”

The idea is to beef up measures to prevent dog fouling, and to force owners of nuisance dogs to put them on a lead. The play area ban is to help protect children from diseases they can pick up from dog mess.

Cllr Cribbin added: “All the consultations we ran, and from informal contacts as a councillor, have shown that people would like to have these orders in place.”

Maria Taylor, community manager at the council, said: “There are currently dog by-laws in place to stop dogs fouling in certain areas but they don’t cover the whole of the district and they do not allow us to deal effectively with dogs that are dangerously out of control.

“If adopted these dog control orders will give us greater powers to enforce the control of dogs such as directing owners of dogs known to be dangerous to keep them on their leads at all times.”