New dog fouling powers set to come into force in Daventry

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Next month Daventry District Council is set to introduce new rules that will require dog walkers to always carry the means to clean up after their pets.

This follows a meeting of the DDC’s strategy group on Thursday when the majority of councillors backed the idea and recommended the full council give the official green light at its next meeting on October 1.

Last week also saw the publication of the results of a consultation conducted by DDC which revealed the scheme was supported by the majority of those people surveyed.

The rules would force owners to show how they will collect any mess left by their dogs if stopped by a warden.

Owners caught without a poop bag or other means could be issued with a £100 penalty notice. If the notice is unpaid, this could lead to a court fine of up to £1,000.

DDC, it is believed, will be the first local authority in the country to introduce such an offence to tackle dog fouling.

It will also make it an offence for failing to keep a dog on a lead in designated areas of Daventry Country Park.

The new rules would form Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs), which were brought in under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

If the scheme is approved, officers say there will a be a three-month public awareness campaign before wardens start to enforce the new rules from January next year.

DDC currently enforces three dog control orders that make it an offence for people to fail to pick up after their dog, allow their dog into a designated children’s play area, and to fail to put their dog on a lead when directed to do so by a council officer.

These offences will remain in force and also carry £100 fines.

The results of the public consultation showed that overall 73 per cent of people agreed with introducing the rule about carrying items to pick up dog mess at all times while walking a dog. More than two-thirds (69 per cent) of those who had a dog backed the move, compared to 82 per cent who did not.

The rule requiring dogs to be kept on leads in parts of the country park was backed by 58 per cent of those surveyed.

DDC says it receives more than 120 complaints about dog fouling each year.