Have a say on dog ban plans

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Have your say

FROM today Calderdale residents can have their say on council plans to beef up dog controls.

New orders could ban animals from sports pitches and playgrounds and clamp down on owners who fail to clean up after their pets.

A key feature of the consultation process will be to establish where owners could be allowed to exercise their dogs.

The process is due to run until November 4.

Questionnaires are available online, in council offices and libraries.

Posters will advertise the main proposals and letters will be sent to groups and organisations interested in dogs.

A telephone hotline and a special email address is being set up for questions about the five new planned control orders.

Meetings are being lined up with town and parish councils, and local housing associations.

More than 20 organisations and agencies will be specifically consulted, including British Waterways, Dogs for the Disabled, the Forestry Commission, Keep Britain Tidy, the National Dog Wardens Association, the RSPCA, The Kennel Club, West Yorkshire Police and Yorkshire Water.

The council wants to know from residents whether dog fouling is a problem in their neighbourhood and whether they would like to see a dog control order which would make owners responsible for clearing up after their pets throughout the borough.

People are being asked to vote on whether dogs should be banned or kept on a lead on all roads and pavements, in play areas and cemeteries, parks and gardens, recreation grounds, allotments, public car parks, canal towpaths, conservation areas or sites of special scientific interest.

The council also wants to know about the problems caused by people walking several dogs at once and whether there should be a maximum length of dog lead.

Are more dog controls are needed in Calderdale? Email: newsdesk@halifaxcourier.co.uk