People are urged to give their views on new dog fouling enforcement proposals at a series of consultation events taking place across Daventry District.
They are being held to help Daventry District Council decide whether to introduce a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), giving its enforcement officers broader powers to deal with dog owners who fail to properly control their pets in public open spaces.
Among the considerations is the introduction of a new offence under the Order which would require dog walkers to carry a poop bag or other means for clearing up after their pet.
If introduced, it would mean Council enforcement officers could ask dog owners to produce the means by which they intend to clean up after their pet, with those unable to risking a £100 fine and potentially prosecution.
The 10-week consultation, which started on June 1, is also asking people if they think dogs should be kept on leads at Daventry Country Park.
Hundreds of people have had their say by visiting www.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultation or by phoning 01327 871100 to request a paper copy of the consultation.
There are further opportunities for people to comment on the new proposals at venues across the district in the coming weeks, including at:
Daventry Country Park on Friday 17 July from 10am to 1pm
Daventry Library on Wednesday 22 July from 2pm to 5pm
Woodford Halse Library on Tuesday 28 July from 3.30pm to 5pm
Brixworth Library on Wednesday 29 July from 10am to 1pm
Long Buckby Library on Wednesday 5 August 10am to 1pm
Moulton Library on Thursday 6 August from 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Cllr Mike Warren, health and housing portfolio holder on Daventry District Council, said: “We have had a strong response from people so far but we are keen to hear the views of as many people as possible. These consultation events will give people a chance to speak to our officers about the proposals and give their feedback.
“Dog fouling is a major concern for residents so it’s important for us to take appropriate action to tackle it. But that action needs the support of our residents so I would urge people to get along to one of these events and have their say, or complete the short survey online.”
People can comment on the proposals up until 10 August by visiting www.daventrydc.gov.uk/consultation or by phoning 01327 871100 to request a paper copy.