Wealden District Council
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Dog Control Order

Status: Closed

Wealden District Council is considering making a Dog Control Order.

The Order will make it an offence for a person who is in charge of a dog not to remove their dog’s faeces forthwith from the areas of land specified in the Order.

The Order will not apply to a person who is registered as a blind person or a person who has a disability which affects his/her mobility, manual dexterity, physical co-ordination or ability to lift, carry or otherwise move everyday objects, in respect of a dog trained by a prescribed charity and upon which he/she relies for assistance.

For the purposes of the Order, placing the faeces in a receptacle on the land which is provided for the purpose, or for the disposal of waste, shall be a sufficient removal from the land. Being unaware of the defecation (whether by reason of not being in the vicinity or otherwise), or not having a device for or other suitable means of removing faeces shall not be a reasonable excuse for failing to remove the faeces.

A person who is found guilty of an offence under this Order shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale (currently £1,000). However, an authorised officer can offer a person an opportunity of discharging any liability to conviction for the offence by payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice, the cost of which is currently £75.

For the most part, the land to which the Order would apply is any land within the administrative area of Wealden, which is open to the air and to which the public have access (with or without payment), but it does not include private agricultural land. Full details are listed in the draft Order.

For key findings and changes made see results below:

Topics covered by this consultation:

Community Safety, Health and Safety

Consultation Start Date: 28/06/2013

Consultation End Date: 20/09/2013

Results expected by: 21/10/2013

Please note: these dates are subject to change.

Areas covered by this consultation:

Wealden District (All)

Target audience for this consultation:

Wealden Residents, Wealden Businesses, Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations, Town and Parish Councils, Partners in the Public Sector, Older People

Frequency of this consultation: One-off

Methods of consultation used:

Postal, Email, Online (All Public)

What Happens Next?

The results will assist the Council in their decision making process on whether to make a Dog Control Order or not.

Contact Details:

Contact Name: Jeremy Leach

Email: policyandreview@wealden.gov.uk

Telephone: 01323 443305