Consultation underway for dog control orders in the borough
Dog owners may soon receive a £75 fixed penalty notice if they
don’t clean up after their dog as well as keeping them on leads in
designated areas in Bedford Borough.
Bedford Borough Council has now started a consultation to
introduce new dog control laws in the borough which may replace a
range of complex and out of date legislation. The Clean
Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 enables the Council to
implement new orders, which provide for the offences below:
- Permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are
- Failing to remove dog mess;
- Not keeping a dog on a lead;
- Not putting, and keeping a dog on a lead when directed to do
- Offence of taking more than a Specified Number of Dogs onto
It is hoped this will make the laws associated with dog control
clearer to the general public. The consultation is open to all,
however, the Council is particularly interested to hear from dog
owners and those who use public spaces that are used for dog
walking to find out what changes they might like to see introduced
before any new orders are implemented.
Councillor Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for the Environment,
said: “The vast majority of dog owners act responsibly and keep
their animals on a lead when required and clear up after them.
“However, we are aware that some dog owners do not take
responsibility for their animals and regularly let their dogs’ foul
without clearing up after them. This causes problems for
everyone as well as blighting our parks and open spaces.
“That is why we are looking into introducing new dog control
orders to clear up some of the confusion which currently exists and
making it crystal clear what is expected of anyone who takes their
dog into a public area.
“The Council’s ‘Why Would You?’ campaign is trying to tackle
anti-social behaviour, such as dog fouling, littering, graffiti and
fly-tipping by adopting a zero-tolerance approach to anyone
carrying out anti-social behaviour.
“I would urge anyone who has thoughts on these issues to respond
to the consultation.”
The consultation is currently underway and ends at 5pm on 14th
May 2012. A consultation report will be taken to the Council
Executive to consider the adoption of the new Dog Control Orders in
You can respond to the consultation in the following ways:
By post: CONSULTING BEDFORD
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By phone: 01234 228435
In person: At any Bedford Borough library or Town Hall and Borough