Nuisance dog owners face tough new rules

NILABE111031e2, David O'Connor worried about the amount of dog mess on Byron street Ilkeston.
NILABE111031e2, David O'Connor worried about the amount of dog mess on Byron street Ilkeston.

NUISANCE dog owners who fail to clean up after their pets face higher fines after tough new rules have been rubber-stamped.

The new dog control orders have been brought in by Erewash Borough Council after half of more than 900 people it surveyed said that dog fouling was ‘an issue’ in the borough.

Previously the only tool the council could use against dog fouling was issuing a maximum fixed penalty of £50.

Under the new rules, the fine is set at £80 and dogs are now banned from children’s play areas and must be kept on leads in public cemeteries.

Leader of the council Cllr Chris Corbett said he was pleased but wished he could be even tougher on irresponsible dog walkers.

“The more Draconian, the better,” he said, “It’s a step forward – dog fouling is a big issue in Erewash as it is everywhere.

“Now we have a bit more ammunition to tackle the problem. I’m very pleased.”

Erewash Labour group, meanwhile, has written up an alternative ‘dog charter’, after it accused the Tories of only ‘scratching the surface’ of the problem.

Leader Cllr Howard Griffiths said: “This isn’t about mess alone and neither is it just about no-go areas.

“A wider strategy is required with the appropriate departmental officer’s support and dedicated resources.”

Under his plans free dog mess bags would be handed out, council cleansing teams would undertake ‘scheduled clean-ups’ and the authority would license pet shops and kennels, amongst other ideas.

But there is no information about how the scheme, which would be free to all residents, would be funded.