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Dog Control Orders

STATEMENT BY PHILIP SIMPKINS – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF BEDFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL

 

Bedford Borough Council has been involved in the prosecution of an offence relating to a dog which was allowed off a lead in Foster Hill Road Cemetery.  The owner had refused to pay a fixed penalty fine. It was considered right to continue with the prosecution as evidence was submitted which confirmed the dog was off the lead and there was reasonable signage throughout the cemetery bringing the restriction to the attention of dog walkers.

 

It has come to light that an administrative procedural error has occurred and the Council should not have enforced payment against the 44 Fixed Penalty Notices issued in respect of Dog Control Orders.  Accordingly, all individuals issued with Fixed Penalty Notices have been written to explaining this administrative mistake and they will be offered a full refund of their fixed penalty fine.

 

The Council remains committed to the enforcement of Dog control Orders which prevent dogs being allowed off leads in certain places such as cemeteries and children’s playgrounds.  There was overwhelming public support for the introduction of powers which establish these particular places as locations where people can be assured dogs are not allowed off the lead.  The orders also allow the Council to enforce against people who allow dogs to foul public spaces and do not clean up afterwards.

 

Action will be taken immediately to commence a process to overcome the administrative error.

 

The Council has received an anonymous payment of £75 in connection with the current court proceedings and this will be donated to the Friends of Bedford Cemetery.

 

I would like to offer a full and unreserved apology for the mistake which the Council has made for this administrative error which has led to us being unable to enforce against people who allow dogs in places where it is entirely unsuitable or to foul public areas.   I can assure the public that this will be corrected without delay.

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