Fenland residents back harsher dog rules

STRICT rules to keep dogs under control in Fenland have received overwhelming public support.

A whopping 98 per cent of residents backed a bid to allow Fenland District Council greater powers to deal with owners who fail to clear up dog fouling and let their animals roam around off the lead.

In total 94 per cent said they were in favour of dogs being excluded from gated children’s play areas, whereas 93 per cent agreed that owners should place dogs on leads of requested to by an enforcement officer.

As a result of the consultation the council says it wants the go ahead to bring its new Dog Control Orders into force by October, with fines of �75 for those who do not comply with the new rules.

“Support for the underlying principles was strong,” a report to FDC’s cabinet about the recent consultation said.

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Councillor Peter Murphy, portfolio holder responsible for the environment, said: “Most dog owners are very responsible - they look after their pets properly and don’t let them spoil everyone else’s enjoyment of our open spaces.

“But a small minority don’t and it is something that upsets a lot of people, particularly those with young children.

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“These proposals will help to tackle the issues.”

However after the consultation dogs will now be allowed on leads at two sites where they were previously banned - Nightall Drive in March and St Mary’s Churchyard in Whittlesey.

Owners will also be given greater freedom in Barton Road Recreation Ground, Wisbech, where previously dogs had to be kept on leads.

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